What Maisie Knew Review

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Maisie (Onata Aprile) is a six year-old girl caught in the crossfire between her warring parents. One is a party-hardy rock star (Moore); the other a self-absorbed art dealer (Coogan). The fall-out is captured through the eyes of their neglected daughter.


Steve Coogan and Julianne Moore — now there’s a new onscreen couple, though they’re hardly a happy one. We meet rocker Susanna and art dealer Beale during their split, all seen through the eyes of six year-old daughter Maisie (Aprile).

As Beale romances the nanny, Susanna hooks up with a barman (Alexander Skarsgård), who bonds with neglected Maisie. It’s a moving character drama that skilfully modernises Henry James’ source novel, each scene exposing grown-up secrets as seen through increasingly less innocent eyes. Performances are strong — Aprile is a startling young talent.

The young Aprile is a standout in a moving, hard-hitting and surprising adaptation of the Henry James novel.