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What Maisie Knew 2012

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Based on a contemporary interpretation of the classic Henry James novel, and set in present day New York City, the story centres on Maisie, an unwitting six-year-old girl enmeshed in the bitter divorce of her mother, a rock and roll icon, and her father, a charming but distracted art dealer. Darkly comic and emotionally compelling, WHAT MAISIE KNEW is an evocative portrayal of the chaos and complexity of a modern marriage.

Starring:
Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan
Director David Siegel, Scott McGehee
Genres Drama
Studio Fusion Media Sales
Rental release 6 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan
Director David Siegel, Scott McGehee
Genres Drama
Studio Fusion Media Sales
Rental release 6 January 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
I put off viewing this film for a long time thinking it would only show a child being exploited for the film. To my great surprise and delight, I found an endearing film, showing exactly what a child needs, love.

Maude is a six year ok'd living in a lovely apartment in Manhattan. Her parents, Susanna played by Julianne Moore, is a rock star, not a very convincing one in this film, however. Maisie's father, Beale, payed by Steve Coogan, is a businessman, who has no concept of what a father should be. Maisie becomes the pawn in these people's fights. Susanna loves her daughter, but lives such a narcissistic existence, she is not a good one. Divorce us inevitable, and Maisie is split between both parents. Each parent forgets to pick her up. Little Maisie in the middle is only looking for lve with no strings attached. Odonata Aprile plays Maisie and an exquisite performance she gives.

Maisie's nanny Margo, played by Joanna Vanderham, is a young woman who truly loves Maisie. Maudie's mother remarries to a very young bartender, named Lincoln, played by Alexander Skarsgard. Lincoln becomes Maisie's caregiver when Susanna goes in the road and he and Maisie develop a tender, sweet relationship. Some of the film is unrealistic, and limits the film's true meanings.

Maisie knows what she needs and wants. An adult who loves her unconditionally, and is there for her. She finds it, but not with her parents.

Recommended. prisrob 11-23-13
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By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Set in contemporary Manhattan this impressive quietly understated film shows us the world of 6-year-old Maisie from her perspective as she observes the changes occurring in her family life. Her manipulative neurotic mother and distant narcissistic father are too wrapped up in their own selfish and separate worlds to give their daughter any meaningful attention. Steve Coogan and Julianne Moore are excellent as the two self-obsessed adults wilfully neglecting their daughter who silently plays in her room hearing their vicious arguments through the floorboards. After the inevitable divorce Maisie is further neglected as her parents appear to regard her as an inconvenience to their busy lives despite both demanding legal custody. Throughout this disturbing silent tragedy it is Maisie’s innocent resilience which shines through and Onata Aprile’s performance as the vulnerable child is magnificent. Despite the callous behaviour displayed by her parents there is an underlying optimism to the film as we see Maisie gradually bonding with two adults who show her kindness and affection. Although the film lacks any overt sentimentality there is no doubt that it packs a hard emotional punch. A highly recommended watch to any parent or prospective parent.
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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
I absolutely loved this film! The girl, Maisie (played by lovely precocious Onata Aprile) is simply lovely! The chemistry between actors is believable, I have rarely seen an ensemble of actors who would blend so organically with each other - amazing casting job!

"What Maisie Saw" is a contemporary remake of Henry James's novel on dysfunctional family, it is delicate and perceptive study about the contemporary relationships and human nature, and it's acted with knife-sharp accuracy.

It's often heartbreaking and rarely sentimental (which is a rare treat!). I loved it!
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Format: Blu-ray
A film that may take a bit of building but is well worth sticking with. Maisie is a beautiful young girl who's parted parents appear to see her as an inconvenience rather than a daughter. There are times they show love and affection but their careers clearly take first place,Maisie adores them both but is clearly feeling torn apart by them. The new partners of each parent soon get closer to Maise than they are,she is good as gold but simply must be confused by the handing over of her from one person to another,even at times like a hot potato. What the little girl need is love and stability and though she is easy to love,she clearly doesn't feel she belongs anywhere.
The acting on all parts is very impressive with some good characters,the story builds and maybe the climax is obvious but it works well.
Not a well known movie,but it really should be,it's a pity movies like this get ignored for so so ones that have been done loads.
Seriously,give this a go. I'm not surprised many love it.
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This is an exceptionally acted and written film, the premise of which is based on a book over a hundred years old. All of the story is told from Maisie's point of view so we aren't privy to all the details of the deteriorating relationship between her parents but we get to see that despite people trying to protect children in such situations, they see and understand much more than we'd like to think. This is at times hard to watch; Beale's (Coogan) and Suzanna (Moore) parenting skills are severely lacking making it difficult to like them, so it's lucky that the step-parents are there to help. Step father Lincoln (Skarsgard) gives us a different performance to what we're used to seeing with a charming but bumbling slacker while Margot (Vanderham) plays the step mum perfectly. The star of the movie, however, is Maisie herself played by Onata Aprile. I cannot recommend this movie enough; not one for you if you love street racing and explosions, but definitely thought provoking.
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