What Maisie Knew

  • 15
  • Scott McGehee, David Siegel (2013)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Henry James's classic novel about feckless high-society parents in 1890s London is transposed to modern-day New York in this drama tracing the emotional effect of acrimonious divorce on their young daughter. In this effective update retaining the book's central thrust, the mother (Julianne Moore) is now a megastar rock singer in a career hiatus, the father (Steve Coogan) a jocular yet self-involved art dealer. Both exploit six-year-old Maisie (Onata Aprile) for their own selfish ends in an ongoing custody battle. Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel capture the painful story of a child learning that mummy and daddy are no longer fully there for her, but do so without hyped-up Hollywood sentiment. Instead they simply eavesdrop on the naturalistic performances and allow the audience to register the deception and betrayal of the child. Little Ms Aprile is utterly believable, Moore absolutely committed to a largely unsympathetic role and Coogan quite superb as the father singularly unequipped for his role. Astute, classy and very affecting.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard and Steve Coogan. In New York, a seven-year-old is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter divorce.

Cast and crew

Cast

Susanna
Julianne Moore
Lincoln
Alexander Skarsgård
Beale
Steve Coogan
Maisie
Onata Aprile
Margo
Joanna Vanderham
Zoe
Sadie Rae Lee
Zoe's father
Stephen Mailer
Zoe's mother
Samantha Buck

Crew

Director
Scott McGehee
Director
David Siegel

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Aug 2013
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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