What Maisie Knew - World Premiere at TIFF
USA, 2012, English, Drama
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham
Based on a contemporary interpretation of the classic Henry James novel, and set in present day New York City, the story centers on Maisie, a charming but vulnerable seven-year-old girl enmeshed in the bitter divorce of her mother (Julianne Moore), an aging rock and roll icon, and her distracted and meandering father (Steve Coogan), an international art dealer. As Maisie is shuttled back and forth between them, she comes to rely more and more on her parents’ new companions; the happy go-lucky hunky bartender Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgård) and the “soon to be” ex-nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham). With the two of them taking over the responsibilities of watching over Maisie, they begin to see how selfish and damaged Maisie’s parents really are, and find themselves falling in love with one another. Maisie sees how they each match far more than her own parents match them. In Margo and Lincoln, Maisie finds the parenting, the love and the family she craves.
Darkly comic and emotionally compelling, WHAT MAISIE KNEW is an evocative portrayal of the chaos and complexity of modern relationships and the meaning of family.