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Criticism of ‘A walk with Madeleine’, a trip to remember

Christian Carion directs Line Renaud and Dany Boon in ‘A walk with Madeleine’, a restrained and magnetic journey, filmed with delicacy and respect.

    That a car is a time machine was known by Kevin Costner on his way to death in ‘A Perfect World’, by Clint Eastwood, and before him the elderly Victor Sjöstrom who made an identical trip, alternating with his past, in ‘Strawberries Savages’, by Ingmar Bergman. Madeleine’s this tiny and at all times contained journey filmed with delicacy and respect by an almost invisible Christian Carionknows what her destiny is and is aware that between the home where she has lived all her life and the nursing home to which she is going, ghosts of yesterday will appear.

    Perhaps the flashbacks have a certain melodramatic redundancy, but they are just that: echoes of memories of an existence; specters that arise on a tour of an unknown Paris. ‘A walk with Madeleine’ is an epilogue but not a full stop: there is the final shot of the driver and companion of the old woman, an image that does not speak of death, but of hope. Of life. The one lived and the one that keeps traveling.

    For walking vitalists of the beginnings and ends of life

    The best: a Dany Boon for once surprisingly contained.

    The worst: the music is sometimes syrupy.


    Address: Christian Caron Distribution: Line Renaud, Dany Boon, Alice Isaaz, Jeremie Laheurte Country: France Year: 2022 Release date: 24–3-2023 Gender: Drama Script: Christian Carion, Cyril Gely Duration: 91 min.

    Synopsis: Madeleine leaves her home to enter a nursing home on the other side of Paris. A taxi driver comes to pick her up and she asks him to stop by some places in the capital that have marked her life.

    Source: Fotogramas

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