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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 Call me Al TOP 500 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 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.

Maisie is a six year old 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. Maisie'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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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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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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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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This is a wonderful film even though parts of it are heartbreaking. The performances are top class from all involved but Onata Aprile will steal your heart! The relationship between Maisie (Onata Aprile) and Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgard) is beautiful - you can see why they used the two of them to do the promotion tour.
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