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  • Writer's pictureEmma Hanley

Film@BirrTheatre is back with "Driving Madeleine" (NOT Miss Daisy!)

Film@BirrTheatre is back for its 2024 season! We hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable festive period and are ready to join us for our weekly movie screenings.

Entry is €7 but if you become our FRIEND you only pay €5. Make sure you equip yourself with our Film@Birrtheatre loyalty card which is stamped each time you come to see a film. When you see five films you can see the 6th absolutely FREE!

This week, we travel to Paris where taxi-driver Charles (Dany Boon) accepts an early morning fare. His client turns out to be 92-year-old Madeleine (Line Renaud), who is making the final journey to the care home where her doctors and family have decided she must live. Along the way, Madeleine asks Charles to visit places in Paris that hold vivid memories for her, and she relives her life in the backseat of the taxi. Gradually the two learn about each other’s lives and a unique bond begins to form.

While Madeleine’s car journey begins with a rose-tinted wartime romance flashback, it soon develops into something far darker and violent (see the warnings below). You cannot judge a book by its cover, and neither should you do so with seemingly frail little old ladies!

At first, Charles is self-absorbed in his own financial troubles but upon hearing Madeleine’s life story he begins to open up and shrug off his curmudgeon shroud. He can’t see the way out of his personal fog, but she becomes his guide through her perseverance and witty wisdom. We are left wondering who was really driving whom through Paris. Charles’ initial eye-rolling turns to respect for Madeleine and the two actors give superbly sincere performances. This is the acting duo’s fourth time collaborating and they are a potent pairing.

The soundtrack features some classic songs like Etta James’ “At Last” and Ella Fitzgerald’s “On the Sunny Side of the Street”, all with the backdrop of beautiful Paris.

Have some tissues close at hand because this heart-warming film is a tearjerker for sure. Join us this Thursday at 8pm for this week's instalment of Film@BirrTheatre.

Warnings: sexual violence, domestic abuse, brief strong violence, language

Run time: 90 minutes

Cert: Club

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