Madeline (1998) - full transcript

The adventurous, young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she's also fantastic in solving problems as well, and her school-mistress Miss Clavel is not too approving of her. The biggest problem comes up when Lord Covington decides to sell Madeline's school.



In an old house in Paris

that was covered in vines,

lived 12 little girls...

in two straight lines.

In two straight lines,

they broke their bread...

And brushed their teeth...

and went to bed.

They smiled at the good...

And frowned at the bad.

And sometimes

they were very sad.

They left the house

at half past 9,

in two straight lines,

in rain... or shine.

The smallest one

was Madeline.

Eh, what do you think?

It's great.

You've really captured it.


Au revoir.

The circus is coming!

Come one, come all!

See the Idiot Popopov.


the depth of terror...

at the sight

of the man-eating tiger!

To the tiger in the zoo,

Madeline just said...

Poo, poo.

And nobody knew so well

how to frighten Miss Clavel.


Get down!

Take that!

Bless Lady Covington...

and protect her

that she may recover quickly.

And bless this food

we are about to receive...

to our use...


And us to Thy service.



Voila. Chicken Helene.


Vite, vite.

Good night, little girls.

Thank the Lord you are well.

And now go to sleep.

Good night, good night,

Miss Clavel.

Elizabeth, Veronica,

Sylvette, Marie-Odile,

Serena, Beatrice,

Lucinda, Chantal,

Lolo, Victoria,

Aggie and Madeline.

Especially Madeline.


Something is not... right.

Ooh. Madeline's

burning up, Miss Clavel!

Should we call

the fire department?

No, Chantal,

"burning up" is a metaphor.

- Like "Chantal is thick.
- As a plank."


No, that's a simile.

Go get Helene, now.

Ooh, my tummy.

She must have eaten

something super horrid.

We all ate the same thing.

That means

we're all gonna die.

Girls, that's enough.

Helene, telephonez

a I'hopital.




My hat!

Where's my hat?

Girls, find.

Madeline's hat!



Vite, vite!

Oui, madame, oui.

Where is it?

Think like a hat.

I'm a hat.

I'm a hat. I'm a hat.

I'm a hat! Voila!

Hurry up!

Come on, everybody. We found it!

A bientot.

Miss Clavel!

Hold it very tightly.

That's good.

S'il vous plait.

I think they'll have to

take out her appendix.

My appendix?

No, you'll be fine.

She'll be fine!

Repeat after me, Madeline:

"I can do anything."

I can do anything.

I can do anything.

I can do anything.

- Our patient from here on.
- I'm sorry.

But I must stay with her.

Wait. Miss Clavel, please!

I'll be right outside.

I can do anything.

I can do... Ow! Ow!

Are you her mother?

Uh, no, no, I'm not.

I'm her teacher.

And where

are her parents?

- She's a ward of the church.
- She has no parents.

- They died.
- When she was very small.

Oh. Here.

I can do anything.

We won't be visiting

for long today.

It's only been a few days

since the operation,

and Madeline will be...


We must be gentle with her.


Hi, everybody!

You're okay.

Girls, your flowers.

She's got as many toys

as you do.

Yes, but these aren't hers.

They're for charity cases.


It's a crank!

We were super,

super worried.

Was it scary?

Did you see a white light?

They cut

a three-inch hole in me.

Then they stuck

their bare hands in

and pulled out some of my guts.

You're so lucky.



All right, I was asleep.

So basically, all you did

was take a long nap.


I haven't shown you

the best part yet.

Look. Come over here.

Come and look.

Look what they gave me

in exchange for my appendix.


It's not that big.

Are you kidding?

It's huge.

It's "gi-normous"!

All right, girls.

We'll say our good-byes now.

Madeline's had a hectic

and sleepless evening.

She's emotionally drained

and needs her rest.

Bye, Madeline!

We'll come

and see you soon.

Bye, Aggie.

Bye, Miss Clavel.

Can we visit Lady Covington?

Not today, Aggie.

Please report to surgery

in room 24 immediately.

Lady Covington.

Hi there, Madeline.

You remember me?

Of course I remember you.

From my visit

last Easter.


Come in.

I heard one of our girls

was in this hospital.

Are you feeling better?

Yes, ma'am.

I hope...

they are giving you

a lot of ice cream.

They are. I hope they're giving

you lots of ice cream as well.

Not much.

Are you feeling better?

Much better.

You know, Madeline, my

grandmother started the school,

and I was a student there myself

when I was a little girl.

Can I tell you a secret?


When I was nine, on

the baseboard in the dortoir,

I carved my name.

You carved Lady Covington?


No, my name

was Marie Gilbert.

Marie Gilbert.

See if it's still there.

Marie Gilbert.

Who gave you permission

To be in here?

N-Nobody. Lord, um, Covington.

This is a hospital.

It's not a playroom.

You're not allowed

to just wander around.

Yes, sir.

Something is not right.

What? What is it?

We want our appendix out too!

Good night, little girls.

Thank the Lord you are well.

Now, please, go to sleep.

Good night, good night,

Miss Clavel.

Au revoir, Madeline.

Au revoir.

Wait, Miss Clavel. Um, but

that's Lady Covington's room.

Did she get better

and go home as well?

No, Madeline.

Lady Covington...

Lady Covington

passed away.

But I only

just spoke to her.

She was very sick.

We'll miss her

very much.

I'm sorry.

Are you all right?


My first husband

was a truck driver. Stupid man.

What's your name?

Miss Clavel.

Is this a pet chicken?

No, you know the rule,

Madeline. No pets allowed.

Then what's it for?

What is it for? What do you

think it's for, dancing?

It's for eating.

For eating?

In honor of your return,

we'll have Chicken Helene.

Enough is enough.

- Hello, street.
- Hello, house. Hello, vines.

Take care, Madeline.


the Spanish ambassador's

moving in next door.

Wait! Hat, wait!

- The Spanish ambassador's.
- A midget?


This is Pepito,

the Spanish ambassador's son.



We're off to the races.

No leaving the courtyard.

Hasta luego.

That boy's a bad hat.

I don't think you should

judge people too quickly.

But I guess

I understood him quickly.

So you're Pepito, eh?

He's positively Elvis.

Don't give him any attention.

He's a bad hat.

But I like his hat.

Madeline, you're so young.

This boy's got charisma.


But is he intelligent?

Who cares?

He's got a motorcycle.

It's a Vespa.

He'll probably

get run over someday.

He is sort of handsome.

Forget it, Aggie.

You don't stand a chance.

Nobody wants a chance, Vicki,

except for you.

"He's got charisma."

You're all googly-eyed.

I am not googly-eyed.

He'll see us.



Tonight, Madeline, I made your

very favorite, Chicken Helene.


It looks super.

It looks great, Helene.

Smells gorgeous.

Oh, no. Fred.

Fred? Who's Fred?

That's Fred.

It's a chicken.

Chickens don't have names.

How do you know?

Madeline, aren't you hungry?

I've suddenly

lost my appetite.

You see, this chicken

was a friend of mine.

I met him earlier

in the car.

I'm think I'm

a vegetarian.

This is just - too idiotic.

If you knew the chicken

the way I did, Vicki,

you wouldn't eat him.

Of course I would.

He's nice and crispy,

just the way I like him.

Well, I'm not

eating Fred.

Fred's already dead.


Well, I think I'm

a "vegetable-arian" too.

I can't eat it either.

What's going on?

Who is Fred?

I don't understand.

I'm sorry, Helene,

but you killed him.


Well, I wasn't friends

with Fred.

Eat it.

Eat it, Lolo.

Don't be one of them.

Eat it!

Everyone is entitled

to her opinion.

If Vicki wants

to eat Fred,

the chicken...

May I ask

what's going on?

Excuse us, my lord.

You found us

in the middle of a debate.

A debate.

Miss Clavel, I wonder if I might

have a word with you.

What's Lord Cucubutt

doing here?

Lord Covington.


On behalf of myself

and the girls,

I would like to offer you

our deepest sympathy.

Thank you very much,

Miss Clavel.

The girls.

Yes, I'm afraid

they lack discipline.

They are usually very

well-behaved, if I may say so.

You may say so,

but it is not my experience.

I've been going through

my wife's papers,

putting her final affairs

in order.

This must be a very

difficult time for you.

In 43 years of marriage,

the only thing that my wife

and I ever disagreed upon...

was her indulgence

of this school.

It needed a new roof,

my wife wrote a check.

Cook needed a new refrigerator,

my wife wrote a check.

Trips to the zoo.

She was a wonderfully

generous woman.

Well, it can't

go on like this.

I'm closing

the school down.

But the... The girls.

Will find another school

to attend.

Eating chickens is not the same

as wearing leather shoes.

- Yes, it is.
- No, it isn't.

End of debate.

If you won't eat your chicken,

it's off to bed with you.

What did we do?

No dinner at all?

"Marie Gilbert."

Who's that?

A friend of mine.

I'm super hungry.

You're super everything.

It's better to be super

everything than super nothing.

I don't think I'm

super, super everything.

All right.

We're all hungry.

So let's eat.

But we're not allowed.

Poo, poo.

Come on, come on.

I don't really think

we should do this.


In the French Resistance,

we knew how to deal with a man

like Cucuface.

Oh, Helene,

Don't even joke

about such things.

Who is joking?

Shh. If they hear us,

we're dead meat.

But we're vegetarians.

Stop whispering.

You stop whispering.

It's knickers.

It's a bra.

Booby baskets.


boobies, boobies.

Pickle sandwiches.

Are dairy products all right?


Super bad smell!

All right.

Who did it?

Smells like

one of Vicki's.

Pew. Gross.


She who smelt it dealt it.


It's not me.

It's this.

Nobody breathe.

It's that special cheese.

Close it.

Give me a Jack.

Go fish.

Chicken Helene.

Chicken. Chicken.


Je t'aime, George.


Now, what's

for dessert?

We can bake a cake.

- Come back here, you. I don't.
- Care who your father is.

We're not in Spain!

We're not gonna take this.

If you think you scare me,

well, you don't!


It is an outrage.

We were just going

to get something to eat.

It's all Pepito's fault.

- Who's going to.
- Clean up this mess?

We are, Miss Clavel.

And then what

do you suggest?

We eat.



All right.

But from now on,

I do the cooking, okay?


Up, up, up.

Hello. A nun.

Leopold's the name.

Tutorin's the game.

I'm, um, Pepito's

new tutor.

I'm Miss Clavel

from the school next door.


Pepito appears to be

a bit of a handful.

It seems to me he needs

an outlet for his energy.

Well, we all do,

don't we?

I thought he might

appreciate this.

It's a toolbox.



Um, do you mind

if we talk a little shop?

These, um, kids...

What do you actually do

to keep them occupied,

keep 'em out of your hair?

Well, tomorrow, for instance,

I'm taking mine to the museum.

The museum?

Not bad.

What do you do

on your day off?

I pray.

Despite being

rather tiny in size,

Emperor Napoleon held France

in an iron grip.

I don't want you to simply

copy the painting.

I want you

to loosen up,

express yourselves,

go wild.

You have exactly 20 minutes.


Madeline, where's

your drawing pad?

Oops. I left it

in the other gallery.

I know where it is.

Are you sure?


Then you may go

and retrieve it.

Where are you going,

little girl?

I asked you a question.

What's the matter?


I wasn't scared of you,


Were you lookin' for this?

That's mine!

Hey, I know it's yours.

You stole it.

I was gonna give it back.

- You should say "thank you,"
- don't you think?

Give it to me!


Keep it down.

Some of us are trying to sleep.

Adios, little girl.


Beware of what?


We've received an invitation

from our new neighbor.

"His Excellency,"

the Ambassador of Spain,

"requests your presence"

for afternoon tea...

to celebrate the tenth

"birthday of his son."

But we can't go.

The message said, "Beware."

It's a trap. We'll

never make it out alive.

Of course we're going.

We never get invited anywhere.

Vicki's right. We can't let him

frighten us off.

It's only a boy, girls.

Excuse me, Miss Clavel.

- This is the room that requires.
- Some attention.

- May I help you,
- Lord Covington?

May I ask what these

marks on the wall are?

Those are for keeping track

of the girls' heights.

Huh. Paint them over.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

We have just begun

our class.

Perhaps you'd be kind enough

to reconvene elsewhere,

Miss Clavel.

Go ahead.

Downstairs, girls.

In an orderly fashion.

Uh, young ladies.

Right. You, paint it over.


- No matter what you wear,
- Vicki,

You always look

super gorgeous.

You can wear whatever you like

to the party tomorrow.

I know what I'll

be wearing.

Don't worry, Miss Clavel.

One of us will look smashing.

Hmm. Serena.

Look at the dress.



Oh, you all look

so charming.


Buenas tardes, Senora y Senor.

Embajador de Espana.

Que lindo. Muy bien.

Please come in.


Girls, girls, girls.


They're here.



May I present the reason

we have opened to you our home...

Our birthday boy,

Senor Jose Marco.

Filippo Juan Franloco...

Lopez de Vega

Esteban Machado...

Jorge Santiago

de la Rocha...


Carlos de Fuentes.

Coruna Diego y Sevilla.

Of course, his friends

call him "Pepito."

What friends?

Senoritas, you honor me

with your presence.

Your limousine is waiting, sir.

Do excuse us.

I wish we could stay.

Happy birthday.

Bye-bye, darling.

Do you have the tickets?

Yes, darling.

I think you look

very handsome, Pepito.

But no one told us this

was a costume party.


This is not a costume.

This is the uniform

of a Spanish toreador.

The great heroes

of the coliseums... de Madrid.

He's a bullfighter.

Those must be some

pretty small bulls.

Please. You're not

a real bullfighter.

Senoritas, allow me

to show you my menagerie.

What's the matter...

You damn idiot!

I'll get him to the circus.

That's not your concern.

I don't know.

You just stick with the plan,

then we'll all be rich.

I need to talk to

my brothers about this.

Look, no worries, mate.

He's as good as delivered.


Do you happen

to know my uncle?

- He's the British.
- Ambassador in Madrid.


Is there meant to be

a clown at the party?

The only clown here

is you.



It stinks in here.

What's in there,


It's a surprise.

I'm not afraid of mice.

No? Perhaps you're afraid

of the snake...

that's gonna have

this mouse for lunch.

You wouldn't feed

a live mouse to that snake.

Of course not.

That would be cruel.

But what I would do is execute

him with the guillotine I built.

It's quick, silent

and deadly.

Like Helene's cheese.

It's just an innocent,

little mouse!


I'll show you!

Let it go!

Girls? Girls?

Mon Dieu!

You big idiot!

Miss Clavel.

- Look.
- Ohh!

I'll get you!

You're choking me.

Stop it this instant!

I'll get you!

If you can't behave,

we're leaving.



What about the cake?

There's only 197.

Begin again.

Thanks a lot,


I've never been

so humiliated.

Can you believe them?

And that poor carrot.

Trust Madeline

to get us all in trouble.

It was a super bad


He deserved it.

He was about to kill a live,

baby mouse right in front of us.

But he did say

he was joking.


What do you think?

I've been praying

for inspiration.

Yes, I can see that.

You don't like it?

Listen to me.


It's not my fault

that boy's a bad hat.

How can you take his side?

Have you all gone mad?

I did the right thing.

The boy kills bulls.

He kills mice.

He's a maniac.

Very interesting.

I'll show that bullfighter,

that mouse killer.

I'll fight him myself!

- Yes, Aggie.
- Take that, Pepito, and that!






Somebody help her.


The current is taking her

across the bridge.


Keep your head up!


Madeline! Madeline!

Where is she?





Madeline! Follow me.

Girls, quickly.

Help! Help!

Not too fast.

Help! Help!

- Madeline!
- There's a dog! Look at the dog!


Stop! Stop.

Thank you.

Oh, Madeline!

Hold on tight.


The dog.

Where's the dog?

Are you all right?

Are you all right?

I'm fine.

I'm fine.

I was so scared.

Tea, soup and covers.

I want you to stay

under the covers,

eat your soup

and drink your tea.

You're giving me - gray hair.

Can I see?


Stay in bed.

Bye, Madeline.



Miss Clavel, can I stay home

tomorrow? I'm feeling sick.

No, Aggie.


Leopold, where are my keys?


Could you please find my keys?

All right. Pipe down.

Could you find my keys or not?

You don't need a bloody key.

You can use a paper clip.

Oh, yeah, right.


Hey, hey.

It worked.

Whoo! Yeah.


You found me.



You found me. I never thought

you would. Thank you. Thank you.

- I think you'll find.
- It's in immaculate condition.

The house was built

in 1852.

It's charming,

isn't it?

The property's been in my wife's

family for generations.

What a place

to invite your guests.

You don't have any children?

No, no, no.

Just the two of us.

Let's start in the dining room,

if you'll follow me.

The house has been used

for the past few decades

as a school for girls.

Hence, the sensible furniture.

What a spacious dining room.

Oh, such a beautiful portrait.

Is that your wife?

It's my late wife, yes.

She was very lovely.

Yes, indeed,

she was.

Shall we go and have a look

at the kitchen?

It has all the modern


Kitchens are my staff's


I never set foot in it.

Just reassure me

that you have one.

We have one.

This room speaks for itself.

The music room.

I think you'll agree it has

an air of real sophistication.

Mmm. Splendid.

So, upstairs?


Have a look at these doors.

Solid oak.

They don't make them

like this anymore.

And so, we arrive

at yet another room...

with the most elegant


Think how splendid it will be

to see the Liberian flag...

fluttering out of that window.



I see nothing to prevent us

from purchasing

this magnificent house.

Did you hear something

just now?

No, I can assure you,

the neighborhood

is uniquely peaceful.

What is that sound?

Ole, ole!

That boy down there.

Arriba, arriba. Andale.

The Spanish

ambassador's son.

We had a terrible little boy

next door to us in Ouagadougou.

The worst three years

of my life.

He never slept,

not ever.

I'm sorry.

This just won't work.

I should warn you that I've had

inquiries from a number

- of other foreign diplomats.
- Never again!

- The Indians will.
- Be here tomorrow.

- Under no circumstances.
- Never again.

I'll get rid of the boy.

He's a pest. I'll speak to

the Spanish governor.

Did you know that Joan of Arc

was burnt at the stake

when she was only 19?

Girls. Vite, vite.

Now go to bed.

Listen, everybody.

I've something to tell you.

I'm gonna be burnt

at the stake too, someday.

What a neat way to die.

You're all nuts.

- Yeah, cashews.
- Bless you.

No, really.

This is a big secret.

The dog from the river.

I told you

we should've stayed.

She's cute.

I'll give her my bone.

So this is

the big secret.

No, this is not

about Genevieve.

Great name.

We'll never be able to keep her.

Something is not right.

Vite, vite!

Thank you

for finding her.

What's going on, girls?


We're not hiding


I'll tell you what's going on.

Lord Cucuface...



He's going to sell the school.

I heard it.

Oh, no!

Is it true?

Yes, girls.

Lord Covington intends

to sell the school.

That's terrible. He can't.


Please. Please.

All of this is no reason...

for us to stop acting

like proper young ladies.

We will not

fall to pieces.

We will maintain composure.

Lord Covington

is showing the house tomorrow,

and I intend for it

to be spo...



Bless you.

Thank you.

Good night.

And another thing.

All of you young - ladies know

There is a strict rule

against pets in the school.

What you do not know is that

I am highly allergic to dogs.

Your new friend can sleep

in the garden shed.


Now go to...


I can't believe

she let us keep her.

She's just a dog

from the streets.

It's a beautiful dog.


I can't believe

they're closing the school.

We'll never see each other


It's not fair.

Close the school.

That Cucuface is super wicked.


what are you doing?

- Trying to find.
- Some way out of this.

You only just found out

how to tie your shoelaces.

I think we're all

being terribly selfish.

Just think of poor,

pathetic Madeline.


She doesn't have

any family at all.


think of Madeline.

I can't believe she just

said that. She's not pathetic.

I'm sure you'll find

someplace to stay, Madeline.

I'm staying right here.

We all are.

You three

on construction.

Aggie, you and Chantal

cover the kitchen.

And you two

on dog patrol.

And the rest of you,

fall out.

And I'll negotiate

with Spain.

Hurry up. Hurry up.

Yes, Vicki.

Come on, Genevieve.

A bientot.



Pepito! Pepito!

You want me to go

and break it up?

No, no. Look.

That boy is simply


The property's been in my late

wife's family for generations.

The house has been used

for the past few decades

as a school for girls.

Say hello to.

Lord Covington, girls.

Good morning,

Lord Covington.

Young ladies.

Miss Clavel.


♪ Hear the song

Of the nightingale ♪

♪ Singing beautifully ♪

♪ Everyone who listens

To her song ♪

♪ Sings along ♪

Think how lovely it will be

to have the Indian flag

fluttering on the lawn.

Now, this is the music room.

Oh, yes.

There is

good karma here.

What is that smell?

I can't smell anything.


Don't look at me.

Oh, come on, Gopal.

Have a look - at these doors.

Solid oak. They don't make them

like this anymore.


That's probably

a good thing.

♪ The song of the nightingale

Singing beautifully ♪

- Now, the garden.
- Do come.

Have a look at the garden.

It's most delightful.

Oh, yes.

♪ Smiling happily ♪♪

Immaculate lawns,

of course.

Such peace.

Such tranquility.

It's true.



Dance, you suckers!


Look, it's Pepito!

No, please, please!


Aaah! Ohh.

The Uzbekistani Ambassador

will be arriving soon.

I know he means business.

Please reconsider!

We did it.

We did it!

Everybody was like... Ah!

What exactly did you say to.

Pepito this morning, Madeline?

All I said

was that we were having

some very important

guests this morning,

so could you pretty please

be very quiet at that time?


Wait! Stop the car.

If I may say so,

your little boy is a menace.

Your Excellency.

I want an explanation.

Why did this loco fellow

say our Pepito is a menace?

I have no idea.

Pepito is a sweet,

well-behaved child.

Th-There's just, eh,

one problem with Pepito.

What is that?

Well, he needs some diversion.

He spends all day cooped up

in the house, studying.

I'm teaching him Latin.

I'm teaching him biology,

"algebration," "calculometry,"


and, eh, astrology.

But he

can hardly read.

Nah, he's taken

huge leaps.

Oh, wonderful.

So, um,

as a reward

for all his hard work,

- I'm gonna take him.
- To the circus.

The circus?

The circus?

I love the circus!

We'll all go to the circus.

A great idea.

We will all go.

No, no, no.

J-Just me and Pepito.


Ah, Miss Clavel, I wonder

if I could have a moment.

Lord Covington, do you have any

idea what time it is?

The girls are asleep.

I'll be brief then.

- Here are 12 letters,
- one for each one of your pupils.

- Kindly see that they.
- Reach the parents.

- I'm informing them that I shall.
- Be closing the school

- At the end of the term,
- sale or no sale.


That's quite enough.

- After your acts.
- Of sabotage this morning,

I am in no...

Miss Clavel wasn't the one

who did it. I was.

Go back to bed.

See that those letters are

delivered in the morning.

You can't sell the school,

Lord Cucuface.

You can't.

What did you call me?

Lord, um, Covington.

Oh, no, you didn't.

You called me Lord Cucuface.

No, I didn't.

Yes, you did!

Yes, she did.

I heard you.

Miss Clavel,

- don't you teach.
- Your little brats

Even the slightest

respect for their elders?

They are not brats.

They are young ladies.

They respect their elders...

between 7 a.m. in the morning

and 9 p.m. in the evening,

when they go to sleep.

This is insubordination,

Miss Clavel.


please go to bed.

Is this

your resignation?

As long as there are children

here, Lord Covington,

I will teach them.

Excuse me, sir.


We won't be needing

this one.


has no family.



They have an animal.



He's leaving.

And he's taking Genevieve

away too!

Sir, leave Genevieve


Come on.

I can't hear you!

Now, get out, you filthy beast.

Get away from the window.

We have to

go get her now!

Girls! Please.

We have to go get Genevieve now,

Miss Clavel.

- It is the middle of the night.
- You are little girls.

You know

I will not allow you to go out.

Genevieve will be all right

for one night.

We'll find her tomorrow.

Now... to bed.


noblest dog in France,

you shall have

your vengeance.




Where can she be?

But Miss Clavel,

this isn't 9:30 yet.

Never mind.

We have a dog to find.



Wait for Vicki!

I didn't get to brush my hair.

She's about so big

with a pink bow in her hair.

She's really brave

and a fabulous swimmer.

She runs really fast,

and she's got big, golden eyes.

She's... got floppy ears and...


Well, I can't tell you any more,

but please find her.

You did very well.




Have you seen my dog, Genevieve?




Have you seen our dog?


She's quite skinny...

And she's about that big.

- Yeah.
- And it's ac Labrador...

Um, a golden retriever.

Are you sure?

Oui, oui.




She's gone.

Genevieve's gone.

No, she's not.

We'll find her.

I promise you.

We have to have faith.

I used to wish so hard for

my parents to be alive again,

but you can't make something

happen just by wishing for it.

Genevieve's gone. She doesn't

have a home. She needs a home.

I know she does.

I need a home too.

Madeline, you will

always have a home.

Yes, but it won't always

be with you, will it?

Will it?

Madeline, there's no place

on Earth I'd rather be...

than with you

and the other girls.

You know that, don't you?

Get your tickets now!


et Messieurs...


I was in love once

with a carnival man.

He broke my heart,

you know,

and he had

a beautiful tattoo that...

Helene. Please.

All right, girls. Everyone stay

with your partners and...

let's have fun!


Come, Madeline!

Ooh, ooh, ooh!

I wanna get a teddy bear!

Oh, yeah. And then I want to go

- on one of those games.
- Where you go: Yeow!

Bang! You're dead!

Ooh, and I want

to get some taffy!


I guess that means

he's here.


Miss Clavel!

Uh! Monsieur, monsieur...

Up here! Up here!

Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!

Come on, Madeline.

Allez, allez!

And now...

the Idiots Popopov!

They're so stupid.

That's why they're idiots.


Thank you.

I have something

to tell you.

I'm not going back

with you.

You're not going back?

- I'm running away.
- With the circus.

What are you talking about?

We have to go home.

I don't have a home, Aggie.

The school's closing,

and it's all my fault.

The circus will be my new home.

All I have to do is learn

to juggle or tame lions

or eat fire or something.

But what about Miss Clavel?

I'll write to her,

explaining everything.

Aggie, you're my best friend

in the whole entire world.

You can't tell anyone

where I went.

But Madeline...

No buts. You've got to promise.

Do you promise,

Agatha Emily Warden?

I promise.

Good luck, Madeline.

No, really!

I don't want to play!

Oh, come!

Be a sport for once!

Come on, Mom. Go!





Come on. Let's go get a balloon.

Ah, but I'm watching this.

Come on. Come on.

- Ah, but please! Wait...
- No. Come on.

Wait, wait!


Let me go! Let me go!


Let me out!

Oh, terrific.

It's Thumbelina.

Leave him alone, you!

I knew it.

You're not really a tutor.

Give Pepito back right now,

or I'll go get Miss Clavel.

Miss Clavel!

I'm terrified, really.

Ow! Ow!

Bravo! Bravo!

Pepito! Pepito!


- Okay.
- Pepito!

Have you seen Pepito?

No, I don't know!


Chantal! Chantal!

Tie the knot, - idiot!

Look, for the last time,

"idiot" is a stage name.

I'm called Pierre.

You won't get away with this.

My father will send

the Spanish Armada after you.

Your father'll thank me,

you spoiled brat!

Take that, you idiot!

I thought we were just

kidnapping one kid.

Two kids. Two ransoms.

This is the life, huh?

Get in the truck, idiot!

And he's the smart one!

Silence! Silence!

- One, two, three, four, five,
- six, seven,

- Eight, nine, ten,
- eleven, twelve.

All right.

Helene, allons-y.

Help! Save us!


Help us!

Please! Someone!


Somebody help us!

Please! Someone!

Someone! Please!

My coat is just dripping!

Ooh, let's go upstairs

and dry off.

- We don't want anyone.
- To catch pneumonia.

Miss Clavel?

Aggie, what is it?

She ran away.

Who-Who ran away?


I tried to stop her. I tried.

Oh, la-la-la-la-la.

Please, please.



As I said before, he was with us

all afternoon, and then we...

the clowns in the act,

and then he was with his tutor.

Oh, Miss Clavel!

Miss Clavel!

Oh, Senor Ambassador,

have you seen my smallest one,

my Madeline?

- Oh, Pepito is missing too.
- My baby!

Is it possible...

- the young boy and the young girl.
- Have run off together

On a romantic adventure?

Absolutely not.

Definitely no.


Perhaps if the boy

were French... Alors.

Uh, we are doing

everything possible.

We have roadblocks everywhere.

- Extra units.
- Have been called out.

The proper thing for you

to do is to go home

and leave this

to the professionals, please.

- But Inspector...
- Ma soeur,

Don't worry

your pretty little head.

Mr. Ambassador,

we have this under control.

This kind of thing

happens all the time.

Children go to the circus.

Their little eyes fill

with big dreams

of the way life should be,

and soon...

What happened

to the nun?

Down six percent due to

a lack of consumer purchasing.

A search is on tonight

for two missing children

who disappeared from

the Cirque Pandora Carnival

late this afternoon.

- French police are.
- Looking for the son

- Of the Spanish ambassador.
- To France

And a local schoolgirl.

- What if we never get.
- Out of here?

Never go home?

Your family will pay

the ransom.

So will yours.

They can't.

I don't have a family.

What do you mean?

They're gone.

They're in heaven.

I'm sorry.

It's all right.

It happened

a long time ago.

My parents probably

don't even want me back.

I'm a lot of trouble,

you know?

You are a lot of trouble, but

you know, you have got charisma.

You think so?

I miss the girls

and Miss Clavel.

Don't worry, Madeline. I won't

leave without you. I promise.

Thank you, Pepito.

There have been no signs

of the children.

Not bad.

Authorities are asking

for public cooperation...

in the departmental-wide


How could she run away? Do you

think she's okay out there?

It's all my fault.

I should've never let her go.

You did the right thing, Aggie.

I would've done it too.

I miss Madeline so much.

I really miss her. I do.

So where is she?


Hey, where's your brother?

I don't know.


I can do anything.

I can do anything.

I can do anything.

Come on, boys.

Stop pratting off.

I can do anything.

Pepito! Pepito!

Wake up!

They left us here

with the knives

that they juggle at the circus!

What idiots!

Okay, on the count

of three, okay?

Uno, dos, tres.

Okay. Go.

Got it?


Move it!

You're getting better.

Move! Now!

Hurry up.

They're leaving.

But we're still trapped in here.


I've got it!


So it's a motorcycle.

And you know how to drive one.

This is our escape.

But... But I drive

a Vespa.

Doesn't even have gears.

This is a motorcycle. I can't

drive something like this.

Yes, you can, Pepito.

You can do it.

Look, technically, I'm not even

allowed to leave my courtyard.

Okay. Give me

your hairpin.

Vite! Vite!

Hold on!


In the truck! Now!

Now! In the truck!

Sorry about that.

Hey, wait!

Yes, we did it!


Where are you, Thumbelina?

Oh, no! Look!


Quick, quick, quick! I'll drive.

Get off!

Come on!

Come on, Pepito!

I'm going!

Hang on, Madeline!

Hang on!




Faster, faster!

Hey, you wanna drive or what?

Hey, who's there?

Oh, great. Miss Clavel!

Who's Miss Clavel?

Oh, some nun.

A nun?

A nun!

Hold on, Genevieve.

Don't kill the nun!

Forget the nun.

Don't kill the idiots.

Oh, no!


Yea, we did it.

Ha-ha. We got you!

Get off me,

you idiot!


My name is Pierre!

Look! Look at them!

Miss Clavel!


- Hey, easy! Are you all right?
- Miss Clavel!



Pepito? Pepito?


Mama! Mama!

- Mr. Ambassador?
- Not now.

- Mama, a drove a motorbike,
- a real one.

You did?

Yeah! Papa!


We'll never leave you again.

Never. Never again.

Te quiero mucho, hijo.

Te quiero mucho.

She's here! She's here!

Madeline's back!

I was so worried!

I missed you.

I missed you more.


Great car.


I thought you were dead.

Oh, thanks, Vicki.


Tonight, I'm going to make

a wonderful vegetarian dinner,


I want Chicken Helene.

Oh, no!

Miss Clavel.

Lord Covington,


We were just about to have

a celebration.

Oh, yes, indeed.

Young ladies, the ambassador

from Uzbekistan has just agreed

to buy the school.


Very nice.

Just like in the pictures.

Very shortly,

the Uzbekistani flag

will be fluttering

from the roof.

I'm so sorry.

Um, the house has been used

for the past few decades

as a school for girls.

Yes, as you said.

Oh, I-I'm so sorry.

Very nice portrait.

Yes, it's of my late wife.

It was painted shortly after we

got back from Venice one year.

It's rather a good likeness.

I'm very fond of it.

Marie Gilbert?

I know why you're doing this.


It's because you're

all alone, isn't it?

Please, young lady.

Please mind your own business.

You must've loved her

very much.

- She was your whole family,
- wasn't she?

Miss Clavel.

I thought you were mean,

Lord Covington,

but you're not.

I understand now.

Understand? How can you

possibly understand?

You're only a child.

You see,

my wife, Marie, and I...

This is totally inappropriate.

Um, please go away.

Would you...

I lost my family too...

a long time ago,

but they're not really gone,

are they?

She's not gone, is she?

She's dead. She's gone.

No, she's not.

She's still with you,

and she's in the school too.

Please, Lord Covington, she

wouldn't want you to sell it.


My love,

no matter what happens,

I'll make sure you and I

will be together.

- No, Miss Clavel.
- Yes!


The child's right.

Yes, you're right.

But the school's already sold.

There's nothing I can...


I might be allowed...

Please, Mr. Ambassador.

I know the girls school

may not mean much

- to the Uzbekistani government or.
- To you, sir, but...

I'm not the ambassador.


I am the ambassador.


You can keep your school.



♪ I see trees of green ♪

♪ Red roses too ♪

♪ I see them bloom ♪

♪ For me and you ♪

♪ And I think to myself ♪

Miss Clavel?

♪ What a wonderful world ♪



♪ I see skies of blue ♪

♪ And clouds of white ♪

♪ The bright blessed day ♪

♪ The dark sacred night ♪

♪ And I think to myself ♪


Stay together.

♪ Yes ♪

♪ I think to myself ♪

♪ What a wonderful world ♪

♪ Oh, yeah ♪♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo, life is fine ♪

♪ Twelve of us

In two straight lines ♪

♪ The bravest of all

Is Madeline ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo, life is cool ♪

♪ Cucuface

Pepito chases ♪

♪ Circus faces

And saving school ♪

♪ In two straight lines ♪

♪ We break our bread ♪

♪ In two straight lines ♪

♪ We go to bed ♪

♪ In two straight lines ♪

♪ We go upstairs ♪

♪ We say good night ♪

♪ And then we say our prayers ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo ♪

♪ Life is sweet ♪

♪ Dress so prim

And on a whim ♪

♪ Holding up traffic

In the street ♪

♪ Doo-doo doo-doo ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo ♪

♪ Life is swell ♪

♪ Passing the days

And thinking of ways ♪

♪ Of knockin' the socks

Off of Miss Clavel ♪

♪ In two straight lines ♪

♪ We're on the bus ♪

♪ In two straight lines ♪

♪ It's up to us ♪

♪ In two straight lines ♪

♪ We're wild again ♪

♪ When Madeline falls ♪

♪ Into the Seine ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo, life is new ♪

♪ When Madeline

Terrifies a tiger ♪

♪ Not to mention

The rest of us at the zoo ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo, life is fine ♪

♪ The twelve of us

In two straight lines ♪

♪ The bravest of all

Is Madeline ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo, life is cool ♪

♪ Cucuface

Pepito chases ♪

♪ The circus faces

And saving school ♪

♪ Doo-doo, doo-doo ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo ♪

♪ Life is sweet ♪

♪ Dress so prim ♪

♪ Dress so prim

And on a whim ♪

♪ Holding up traffic

In the street ♪

♪ Doo-doo-doo-doo

Doo-doo-doo-doo ♪

♪ Life is swell ♪

♪ Passing the days

And thinking of ways ♪

♪ Of knocking the socks

Off of Miss Clavel ♪♪