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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Julianne Moore
Steve Coogan
Alexander Skarsgård.
Directors
Scott McGehee
David Siegel.
Screenwriters
Nancy Doyne
Carroll Cartwright.
Running Time
99 minutes

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What Maisie Knew
The Kid Isn't Alright


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Plot
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.


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What Maisie Knew

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. 


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


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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Stunning

This film succeeded entirely in transporting me back to my childhood, both the joy and wonder of the world around us, as well as the fear and uncertainty that parental marital problems bring. The story is handled with impeccable taste as rom-com style developments unfold in an entirely believable way; no boy band anthems or guitar solos, just art house subtlety. I was sucked in to Maisie's world and felt everything that she felt, and like Lost In Translation, when the credits roll, you're left... More

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Posted by sunflies at 08:25, 19 January 2014 | Report This Post


Aprile is one to watch

From the beginning to the end scene Aprile, playing Maisie, is captivating and brings something to the screen that leaves the other actors purely in the shadows. Do not misunderstand me, there are brilliant performances from Skarsgård and Vanderham who have wonderful onscreen presence. Moore delivers exactly what is asked of her even though feel a level of dislike of her throughout, until the very end where the incredible acting of Aprile really makes her mother realise what she has ... More

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Posted by nicksinclair01 at 23:43, 26 October 2013 | Report This Post


Aprile is one to watch

From the beginning to the end scene Aprile, playing Maisie, is captivating and brings something to the screen that leaves the other actors purely in the shadows. Do not misunderstand me, there are brilliant performances from Skarsgård and Vanderham who have wonderful onscreen presence. Moore delivers exactly what is asked of her even though feel a level of dislike of her throughout, until the very end where the incredible acting of Aprile really makes her mother realise what she has ... More

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Posted by nicksinclair01 at 23:43, 26 October 2013 | Report This Post


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