What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • Directed by: Scott McGehee/David Siegel
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgård
  • UK release: 23 August 2013

Reworking of Henry James' novel features a 7-year-old girl caught up in a custody battle between her selfish parents.

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What Maisie Knew

In a dance of changing partners, a little girl gets left out.

Little Maisie (Onata Aprile) is the casualty of the acrimonious divorce of two rich Manhattanites: rock star Julianne Moore and art dealer Steve Coogan. Abandoned by her self-absorbed parents, Maisie is left to the informal custody of their new partners, waiter Alexander Skarsgård and nanny Joanna Vanderham. Brilliant performances and inspired direction make this updating of Henry James’s novel an outstanding comedy-drama of contemporary adult relationships, as seen from the point of view of an innocent child.

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What Maisie Knew

19 Jun 20134 stars

Well-crafted drama starring Julianne Moore showing divorce from a child's point of view

In an upmarket Manhattan apartment, rock singer Susanna (Julianne Moore) and her art dealer partner Beale (Steve Coogan) are having an explosive argument. The camera quickly moves to an adjacent room, where the couple’s infant daughter Maisie (Onata…

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