Driving Madeleine

Une Belle Course

Date & Time: Friday 10th at 8:30pm

Location & Tickets: The Gate Cinema

Details: Christian Carion / France / 2022 / 91 mins

Starring: Dany Boon, Line Renaud, Alice Isaaz, Jérémie Laheurte

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Synopsis: Charles (Dany Boon) is a taxi driver in Paris, and he’s having a very bad day. Pressing personal debts are due, he’s in danger of losing his driver’s licence and his marriage is falling apart.

Enter Madeleine (Line Renaud), an immaculately groomed 92-year-old woman, who informs Charles that the trip today will not be a direct one. She’s moving into a care home and would like to make some stops along the way, as this might be her last car ride through the city.

Charles grumbles but is slowly charmed by Madeleine’s warmth and fascinated by her tales as she slowly reveals the dramatic and shocking story of her life. She reminds us that inside every seemingly benign elderly woman we might pass on the street is a warrior, a nurturer, and a spirited adventurer.

“Driving Madeleine works perfectly with its double-mirrored narrative simplicity, carried by two actors who enjoy wonderful natural chemistry.” – Cineuropa.