Last weekend, I watched Madeline’s Madeline, a dizzying film about a teenage girl in an experimental theater troupe who’s also struggling with an unidentified mental illness. The film is particularly clever when it comes to melding its premise with its camerawork — the ethos of the theater troupe and the ill confusion its protagonist feels is often the lens we see the world of this movie through.
The movie also tries to grapple with some complicated questions around appropriation that become uncomfortably meta when you read about how the film was developed. The movie focuses on a relationship between a black teenage girl and a white director who wants to, essentially, steal her story for a play. The film, likewise, was formed when its…
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