In a Parisian girls school, our perky, popular heroine charms her eleven classmates with funny pranks and youthful wit. But when Madeline needs her appendix out, it's she who needs charm and humor for a speedy recovery.
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The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. The biggest problem comes up when Lord Covington decides to sell Madeline's school.Written by
The name Madeline is a form of the name Magdalene, which is well-known as a name because of Saint Mary Magdalene. Magdalene means "from Magdala". Mary Magdalene's name is thought to be derived from Magdala - a village on the sea of Galilee. In Aramaic, "magdala" means "tower" or "elevated, great, magnificent". In this movie and in the book series on which it was based, the name is fitting since the character Madeline is called "the bravest girl of all" and "she can do anything" by her teacher and classmates. See more »
[the Idiots are gaining on her and Pepito]
Hey, you wanna drive or what?
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In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
If you don't know and love those lines, and if your children don't either, then none of you are likely to enjoy Madeline very much.
Ludwig Bemelans wrote those opening words for the first Madeline book published in 1939. Admirers of Bemelans cite his charming, economical use of words and images. He also illustrated his stories. Madeline the film is by all accounts a faithful homage to this man's notable children's literature.
It's possible that some parents have schooled their children to appreciate the Madeline tales but if they haven't it's likely that Madeline will be considered a little too tame by all but the real littlelees. There's just none of the brash, relatively violent noise of most children's film fare here.
However the film does star Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Nigel Hawthorne (Yes Minister, The Madness Of King George) and they do what they can with a film that some will find charming.
Hawthorne in particular is particularly touching in one of the final scenes. And young Hatty Jones is appropriately determined and fearless.
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