Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Madonnas (2007)


A raw, relentless verité account of an unstable Sandra Hüller's handling of many many movie children. Writer-director Maria Speth doesn't seem to understand that some of the faux-doco conventions and mannerisms she adopts here are becoming as transparent as things like a crack addict with a heart of gold or a tinkly piano on the soundtrack. But Hüller has a gift for obliterating any surrounding hint of artifice in the kind of role that would go to Maggie Gyllenhaal in an American remake. The children too are uncannily, uncomfortably convincing.

wr/dir: Maria Speth
cast: Sandra Hüller, Luisa Sappelt, Susanne Lothar, Coleman Swinton, Peter Moltzen, Jérémie Segard, Olivier Gourmet


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