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

Product Details

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 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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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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1 of 1 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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7 of 8 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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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 Mike K on 1 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An acceptable film but I wouldn't rush out and buy it. Nothing much to hold the interest and rather banal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. TC Kong on 15 Jan 2014
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Six year old Maisie (Onate Aprile) is caught in the middle of a fierce and acrimonious split between her parents, Susanna (Julianne Moore) and Beale (Steve Coogan). The result of the parents' in-fighting is that poor, little Maisie is shoved from pillar to post between each dysfunctional parent, their nanny, Margo (Joanna Vanderham), and Susanna's surprise new husband, bartender Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgard).

What Maisie Knew [DVD] follows the endearing story of little Maisie's survival and search for a loving home and family life; it ends full of hope in the hands of two people one might not have expected at the beginning: the nanny and the bartender. Throughout the film, though, the viewer is kept on tenderhooks, and disbelief that despite each parent's professed love for their child, their own selfishness and narcissism is what shines through.

I was lucky enough to watch What Maisie Knew [DVD] at the Roslyn Cinema on Long Island while I was visiting my brother in June 2013, although I have yet to read the Henry James novel of the same name on which it is based. It was such a moving film, and with superb acting from all involved - especially from Onate in her debut role. I had hoped to watch it again upon its UK cinema release. Unfortunately, with a hectic work schedule, I missed it at the local cinema, but I was able to pre-order the DVD for when that was released last week.

The deleted scenes in the Bonus Features section are excellent, and the directors' commentary is both interesting and informative. All are certainly worth watching too.
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