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Madeline

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“Imaginative and charming … this adaptation of the beloved children’s books is a jaunty, good-humored film with a sumptuous retro look and a contemporary feel.” – Amanda Lipman, Sight and Sound

The adventures of Madeline, a spunky flame-haired orphan, are lovingly adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic children’s books in this fun comedy starring Oscar-winner Frances McDormand. The indomitable Madeline (Hatty Jones) and her eleven friends live at a school in an old house in Paris (“In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, twelve little girls lived in two straight lines”), run by the stern headmistress Miss Clavel (McDormand). The smallest of all the girls, Madeline is also the most adventurous, and the most adept at finding trouble. She is also a quick-witted and likable child who can solve almost any problem. Her latest scheme is to keep her school, which is also her home, from being sold by its owner, the recently widowed Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne). Along the way, she tangles with kidnappers, loses her appendix but gains an awesome scar, falls into the Seine only to be rescued by a dog whom the girls later adopt and name Genevieve, and matches wits with Pepito, the devilish son of the Spanish Ambassador who moves in next door. (Dir. by Daisy von Scherler Mayer, 1998, USA, 98 mins., Rated PG)