Directors: Josephine Decker
Writer: Alexandra Tatarsky

  • COUNTRY : United States


Madeline (Helena Howard) is dedicated to her theatre workshop. Much to the worry of her protective mother (Miranda July), she has become an integral part of a prestigious, progressive and experimental theatre troupe in the city, one that emphasizes movement, commitment and an intense focus on authenticity. When the workshop's ambitious theatre director (Molly Parker) pushes teenage Madeline to weave her troubled history and rich interior world into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur in surprising and potentially destructive ways, spiralling out of the safe rehearsal space and into her everyday interactions.Writer-director Josephine Decker has long been an independent filmmaker to admire, utilizing a welcome expressionistic approach that imbues her subjects with a vibrant sense of urgency. Anchored by a virtuoso performance from newcomer Howard, whose powerful screen presence commands attention, Decker's vital exploration of the thin lines between illness and artistry displays a rare sensitivity for capturing the messy struggles of discovering a sense of one's self that defies easy categorisation.

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