Madame is a homework movie I watched for my upcoming talk on Mafia Mamma on April 14th at Burns Court Theater.
Madame is written and directed by Amanda Sthers who also wrote Mafia Mamma. Reading her book Holy Lands (also turned into a film), I’m fully understanding her style, whimsically moving.
Madame never made it to the big screen (at least not locally) and I can’t say it’s a great film, but the story does make for a good movie, a feel good type where the kind underdog comes out a Best in Show.
Toni Collette is a better dramatic actress than comedic as is Harvey Keitel, but they are charming enough to make two somewhat snobby people seem palatable. Rossy de Palma’s one of a kind looks and acting steal the show here and rightly so, as she seems the most genuine lived in character in the story.
I’m hoping Sthers is gaining knowledge as her filmography grows and with the help of Catherine Hardwicke as director, Mafia Mamma contains greater depth.