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DRIVING MADELEINE [France], Thursday 25 January, 8pm

By December 8, 2023January 22nd, 2024Homepage, Season 25, Winter 2024

Online tickets for DRIVING MADELEINE are sold out. A limited number will be available to purchase on the door.

“Would you mind if we took a quick detour?” – “It’s not on the way, not even close”- “I know, but it’ll take what? Ten minutes? What’s ten minutes out of our lives? It’s nothing.”

A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver, whose personal life is in shambles, and his fare, an elderly woman whose warmth belies her shocking past.

Madeleine, 92 years old, calls a taxi to take her to the retirement home where she will be living. Charles, a disillusioned driver with a tender heart, agrees to drive by the places that affected Madeleine’s life. Through the streets of Paris, her extraordinary past is revealed. They don’t know it yet, but they will forge a friendship during this drive that will change their lives forever.

It’s this uncommon grit from the director and co-writer Christian Carion that differentiates the movie from the comforts of the “wise ole coot” genre (from The Straight Story to Pixar’s Up). – The Times [UK]

Both of the leads keep it low-key, with 95-year-old Renaud’s unfussy reminiscences dotted with defiant irony, and the initially unforthcoming Boon opening up under her cajoling as naturally as a flower. – The Guardian

Christian Carion offers up a voyage through one person’s memories and depicts a bond developing between a taxi driver and his passenger in a simple and especially human film. – Cineuropa

96% Rotten Tomatoes

  • France, 2022 | Language: French | 1 h 30 min | Cert: CLUB
  • Director: Christian Carion
  • Cast: Line Renaud, Dany Boon, Alice Isaaz
  • Foreign language films are subtitled. 
  • Cert: CLUB for over 18s.
  • WIRELESS, a short film by Cork filmmaker Brian Dwyer, will be shown before the feature.
  • Tickets: €8.50/€7 concession
  • Book online:
  • Cork Cine Club absorbs the cost of online booking fees.
  • Online booking closes at 5pm on the night of the film.
  • Pay at the door by card or cash. Exact change is appreciated.