#TIFF22: “DRIVING MADELEINE”
By Mr. Will Wong
Director Christian Carion delivers us something heartfelt at TIFF ’22 with DRIVING MADELEINE. While the unlikely buddy Drama feels familiar at times, this doesn’t mean it isn’t impactful, affecting and good for the soul.
The Film centers around Madeline (renowned Chanteuse Line Renaud) as a woman who is about to enter a care facility for the elderly. She encounters Charles (Dany Boon), her Taxi Driver, asking him to make multiple stops along the way to the home. She revisits places that held important signficance in her life, and this just might be her final jaunt throughout Paris. Charles is down on his luck, dealing with debt and a crumbling marriage, and though he isn’t receptive to the banter at first, like him, we are drawn into Madeline‘s storied life, witnessing her painful traumas and her glories.
DRIVING MADELINE explores how some of the most meaningful crossing of paths in our lives can be those fateful chance encounters and Madeline was meant to come into Charles‘ life at a time he needed it most. It is beautiful storytelling that tugs on the heartstrings. Be warned there may be sobbing. Lots of it.
DRIVING MADELINE screens at TIFF ’22 as follows:
Sat, Sep 10 IN-PERSON Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 6:30pm
Sun, Sep 18 IN-PERSON Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 5:30pm