Driving Madeleine: Review

Driving Madeleine: Review

Driving Madeleine: Review. By Richard Schertzer.

In a French version of “Driving Miss Daisy”, audiences are introduced to a taxi driver named Charles, who picks up one of his fares. The patron happens to be an elderly woman named Madeleine, who weaves a series of tales of how she fell in love, lost her way and had tragedy befall her.

The film is simplistic in its execution, which almost reminds audiences of Forrest Gump in a taxi cab in some small way. This film has a certain beauty in its simple framing and writing, which proves that bigger is not always better.



While most of the film takes place in the taxi cab, audiences never feel claustrophobic when watching the film and still feel as if it’s a breath of fresh air when looking at the actors work. Given the charm and chemistry between the two leads, it’s not hard to see why this film makes for a winning formula in Christian Carion’s filmography.

Moreover, jumping back and forth from the present day to the 1940s/50s gives the movie a sense of nostalgia when watching the romance play out between Madeleine and her lover. It almost feels as if going back to a simpler time where there was still a little bit of magic to behold in the world and this film truly is magical.

Its inventive use of storytelling that should really be crediting Eric Roth for its screenplay is extremely noteworthy and almost impossible to ignore. It’s what filmmaking should be.

All in all, the film has a ubiquitous presence about it and stands firmly on its own two feet without heavily relying on other narrative features.


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