What she doesn’t know may hurt her.
Based on the Henry James‘ novel of the same name What Maisie Knew tells the story of a captivating little girl’s struggle for grace in the midst of her parents’ bitter custody battle. The film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne–told through the eyes of the title’s heroine, Maisie (Onata Aprile) navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old’s innocence, charm and generosity of spirit. The movie captures the difficulties on of four well-meaning adults during a very troubling, and messy divorce.
The trailer is emotionally impressive and allows just enough visuals to see that this divorce is messy. It seems that there will be romantic tit-for-tats with Moore and Coogan’s character’s divorce/custody battle will involve Coogan taking up with Maisie’s nanny (Vanderham) with Skarsgard–who takes up with Moore–Maisie’s mom.
An aging rock star (Moore) and a contemporary art dealer (Coogan)—Susanna and Beale are too self-involved even to notice their neglect and inadequacy as parents; their fight for Maisie is just another battle in an epic war of personalities. Always watchful, however, Maisie begins to understand that the path through this morass of adult childishness and selfish blindness will have to be of her own making.
Perhaps the film is not just about a little girl going through a custody battle. It’s more of a story about each character finding their own voice and trying to find stability within chaos.
From the producers of The Kids Are All Right, What Maisie Knew is a heartbreaking but redemptive story of family, self-sacrifice, and the indelibility of one child’s love, starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan and Joanna Vanderham, introducing Onata Aprile as “Maisie.”
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