Madeline’s Madeline (2018)

Jung says that, “In all chaos, there is a cosmos. In all disorder, a secret order. The pendulum of the mind swings between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.”

This indie was much buzzed about last year…but I just didn’t get the hype. I liked that it focused on or dealt with mental health issues (which is a serious problem that we need to address and get rid of the stigma in the U.S.). And Helena Howard, who played “Madeline” was outstanding. She was so raw and visceral and authentic.

Madeline's Madeline - Still 1

The way this film was shot, it felt like it was more of a documentary and a camera crew was just following Madeline around. But outside of that, I just thought this film was kinda weird (but I’ve noticed that works involving experimental theater are just weird to me…definitely an acquired taste LOL). This film definitely sent you through the emotional ringer…you don’t know who to empathize with…who was the antagonist…protagonist, etc.

This one was a little too meta for me, but I think its a pretty accurate portrayal of mental illness. And it was kinda crazy but the theatre director reminded me a lot of my drama teacher in middle and high school LOL.

Currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.