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

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

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pipnuts on 12 Jan. 2015
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This little girl's life is a rollercoaster of joy and letdown by selfish and immature parents who are only peripherally aware of their daughter's existence. Six year old Maisie's life at the hands of her parents made me so angry. These truly are people who do not deserve children. This film is fantastically well acted, and portrays the subject matter so impressively that it should be used in parenting classes to show adults the effect their behaviour can have on their children. Steve Coogan is convincingly unsympathetic as a lazy slime of a father, and Julianne Moore is completely believable as the self-obsessed, treat-the-child-as-an-accessory mother. Contrastingly, Onata Aprile's Maisie is an absolute joy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Oct. 2014
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I Heart Books on 28 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
Exquisitely crafted, this movie, based on the novel of the same name, tells the tale of Maisie, whose selfish parents put themselves first at every opportunity. Julianne Moore portrays the spoilt bitch rock star perfectly and Steve Coogan does detached father to a tee.

The shining star, of course, is Onata Aprile, whose portrayal of Maisie is brilliant. This movie is poignant and moving and well worth watching as it reminds us all that what a child needs is not gifts, or toys, or trips or lack of rules, but true, abiding, unconditional, selfless love.

I will be purchasing the DVD after watching this on the plane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Gordon on 4 May 2014
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A good movie for people that like a good feel family drama, the little girl, Maisie was excellent in the role.
An insight in many ways to modern living.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2014
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Masie is the daughter of an ageing rockstar and partner. Right from the start of the film the relationship is in trouble and soon breaks down, with Maisie becoming a pawn in the game of revenge that the two play out. What's engaging about this is that we see this from Maisies point of view. She is in every scene and we only learn what she is told. This works remarkably well, leading you to a different perspective, taking Maises side and seeing her needs and her remarkable trust. On one level it's heartbreaking to see the worst selfishness of the adults, but you also see how much love people can show to a child - even on that is not their own.

Top notch performances all round make this work perfectly.
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