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
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore, 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 Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore, 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 10 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
All six year old Maisie needs is love but her bickering parents played by Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan seem more concerned about their own welfare to realise it. Maisie played by Onata Aprile is brilliant in the role and is the pawn caught in the middle of their squabbles. All parents who divorce should take note of the powerful message in this excellent film , there are no special effects but the film doesn't need them - it's one of the best films I've seen in a long time.
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3 of 3 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 R. Griffiths on 18 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
I share most of the opinions expressed in the reviews about this film - indeed I feel it should be required viewing for all would-be parents. The performances are all good but most especially that of young Onata Aprile - what a prodigy! - the film is shot very much from her point of view in all senses, and I found myself reacting to the unfeeling and uncomprehending comments and behaviour of her parents very much as she did! Incidentally, although this is a rather dark film, it is much less so than the original by Henry James - if you read that you'll see what I mean, though it does have a kind of happy ending. Maybe to keep too close to the book would have produced too black a film.

My only slight criticism really is that the film's plot was much creakier than the book's - what likelihood was there that someone like Margo and, especially, Lincoln would get involved with Maisie's parents in the first place? Their appearance was just a convenient plot device.

However that said it's good to see a film that relies on fine acting and sensitive (conventional) camera work without any special effects!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
"What Maisie Knew" (2013 release; 93 min.) brings the story of Susanna (played by Julianne Moore) and Beale (played by Steve Coogan) and their young daughter Maisie (played by newcomer Onata Aprile). As the film opens we see Susanna, an aging (has-been?) rock singer, and Beale, an arts dealer, arguing frequently and loudly, and in front of Maisie. It doesn't take long before Susanna changes the locks on the front door, and Beale gets his own place. Maisie finds some relief with Margo, the sitter. Susanna and Beale go to court, where Susanna gets denied sole custody, so off goes Maisie between Susanna's place and Beale's place. Maisie is very surprised to find out that Margo has moved in with Beale. At that point we are about 35-40 min. into the film and to tell you more would surely ruin your viewing pleasure, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, this is a tough child custody drama in which the child sadly becomes the playing ball of selfish adults around her. Quite a bit of the film deals with missed/forgotten/rescheduled pick-up dates, and eventually the seeming annoyance that Maisie really becomes to both Susanna's and Beal's post-divorce lifestyles, despite the attempts (often botched) by Beale to sound or be nice. At one point Maisie arrives at his house, and he picks her up and smothers her while saying "there is my 6th favorite girl!". Maisie of course immediately asks "who are the other 5 girls?", to which Beale sheepishly mumbles "you wouldn't understand." Maybe not, but surely this kind of exchange will leave marks on this young girl.
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