Driving Madeleine (Une Belle Course)

Directed by Christian Carion
Theatrical Release Date January 12, 2024
Run Time 91 min

A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver and his fare, a 92-year-old woman whose warmth belies her shocking past. Charles (Dany Boon) is a taxi driver in Paris, and he is having a very bad day. Enter Madeleine (Line Renaud), an immaculately groomed nonagenarian, who informs Charles that the trip today will not be a direct one. She is moving into a nursing home and would like to make some stops along the way predicting that this might be her last car ride through the city. Their ride takes them through the momentous locations of her life and their brief friendship deepens as Madeleine listens to Charles confess his own worries. Boon, an actor best known for his comedic work, creates a dramatic portrait of a frustrated man facing a personal crisis of epic proportions. His darker, sharper edges allow Renaud (renowned for decades in France as a singer) to shine as the pure shimmering light that is Madeleine, reminding us that inside every seemingly benign elderly woman we might pass on the street is a warrior, a nurturer, and a spirited adventurer.

“A heartwarmer.” -New York Times

“Little gem of a movie.” -The Sydney Morning Herald

“They are both irresistibly cast with exceptional veteran stars who both grab the heart and never let go.” -Deadline

"By the end of the film, all of us were in tears because it was so moving and insightful about how you can make a profound connection with someone simply by telling the truth." -Barbra Streisand

Name Role
Christian Carion Director
Line Renaud Madeleine
Dany Boon Charles
Alice Isaaz Mado
Jérémie Laheurte Ray
Gwendoline Hamon Denise
Julie Delarme Karine
Country France
Languages French
Subtitles Yes
Run time 91 min
Film Festivals Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival; Official Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival
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