WHAT MAISIE KNEW: THE REVIEW

I am very jealous of Salty Kernel, Dara Shashoua, for seeing this one, I only saw the trailer for it yesterday for the first time and was flawed at how beautiful and amazing the film looked, so simply dramatic and with some sensational actors – besides the rave reviews of the little girl, Onata Aprille, no one else has to be in a film for me besides Julieanne Moore and it’s a winner already. WHAT MAISIE KNEW is screening as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. It is nicely reviewed, as always, by DARA SHASHOUA. It still has one screening remaining at the festival – Today, Saturday 3rd August at 4pm at The Forum Theatre. As Dara is now our Melbourne correspondent we got your back in multiple states so enjoy this review from Lady D. Tickets can be purchased for the film HERE and be sure to suss out their website for the entire HERE. If you miss this one – have no fear – it will definitely be getting a cinematic release.

 

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My. Giddy. Aunt. What a jaw droppingly amazing film this is. I had high expectations going in to What Maisie Knew but they were blown beyond anything I could have imagined.

What Maisie Knew is based upon Henry James’ 1897 novel by the same name, even though it doesn’t span 10 years like the novel and has been given a more contemporary twist by being set in New York, it is phenominal.  It is the story uniquely told from the child’s point of view of going through your parents divorce.  Even though her parents love her they are both completely ill equipped with being a parent and continually fob her off to whoever can look after her.

Her father Beale, played by Steve Coogan is a high flying executive who travels constantly and rarely knows when and where he is going and when he is coming back, making it very difficult to be a constant in his daughters life.  Her mother Susanna, played by my favourite actress Julieanne Moore is an ageing rockstar who has an inability to connect with anyone unless it’s through music.  You can see this with her relationship with Maisie, as the only time they do connect is when she sings to her or takes into the recording booth with her. Both parents love their daughter, and that is not questioned but neither makes Maisie their priority.

 

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Beale marries Maisie’s nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) you believe so that he has someone to look after Maisie, and Susanna marries Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgard) for the same reason and even goes so far to tell Maisie this “I married him for you”.  Maisie gets dropped off regularly between the two, her parents pull up to the curb either outside an apartment or even the bar that Lincoln works in, never walking her in.  It’s like they forget she is only six years old and treat her like someone who is much older.

Lincoln and Margo form a bond as they end up being the prime caregivers of this gorgeous little girl.  The scenes between Lincoln and Maisie are amazingly touching and warm, I think every woman in the cinema fell in love with him even if they weren’t already from watching him in True Blood.

 

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WHAT MAISIE KNEW: A SAPTY POPCORN REVIEW FOR THE MIFF

 

There are points in the film that you want to reach out and give her a cuddle; your heart just melts for this little girl. The actress, Onata Aprille is phenomenal and a name to watch.  Her performance is touching, and as an audience member you begin to feel protective of her as the drama of her life unfolds.  At one point you watch her make herself peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner and she wakes up next to them in front of the TV many hours later, meanwhile her mother is sitting at the piano lost in her own world.  Maisie wakes up and it’s as if her mother had forgotten that she was even there.

 

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WHAT MAISIE KNEW: A SAPTY POPCORN REVIEW FOR THE MIFF

 

What Maisie Knew highlights the powerlessness state of being a child wrapped up in your parents divorce as each plays her against the other.  The performances from everyone involved are just simply incredible, this is a must see film, but Maisie simply steals the show and I would not be surprised if she ends up with an Oscar nomination.  You would be hard pressed to find a better performance this year, and she is only seven years old and in every scene of the film.

This is one of my favourite films of the year, hands down

 

4 and a Half Pops