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Now that novel has been modernized and freely adapted into a brilliant, soul-aching portrait of the break-up of two self-absorbed adults and the very young child trapped, helpless, between them.
What Maisie knows, even at about age 7, is that her parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) aren't getting along.
Mom's an aging, chain-smoking rock musician. Dad's a work-obsessed art dealer with a wandering eye and a mean mouth.
Susanna curses. Beale eviscerates. "I'm done with my midlife crisis," he hisses. You should get on with yours."
They never married, but they've been together for years. So even as he moves out, there are custody issues to haggle over. "Be sure to factor in 30 years of substance abuse" when you're describing him to the judge, »
Alexander Skarsgård is no stranger to talented co-stars, having shared screen time with Liam Neeson, Ellen Page and even dad Stellan Skarsgård, but none was quite so adorable as 7-year-old Onata Aprile, whom the actor stars alongside in the drama "What Maisie Knew."
The film, based on the novel by Henry James, tells the story of a young girl who's caught in the middle of her parents' messy divorce and even messier life after. She eventually finds an unexpected father figure in her timid stepfather Lincoln, played convincingly by Skarsgård. In fact, the pair's chemistry and admiration for one another is so palpable, people just can't quit talking about it. Including Skarsgård, who told MTV News his young co-star was the main selling point of the project.
"Working with Onata was pretty amazing," he said. "Looking back, that's what I take from it. I had so much fun working with Onata. »
- Amy Wilkinson
What Maisie Knew is one of the most fascinating and original cinematic portrayals of a child living through their parents’ divorce ever made. Based on the novel by Henry James, it updates the events of the story to the modern day world of New York City and puts us right into the mindset of young Maisie (Onata Aprile) as she quickly becomes the victim of her parents’ selfish desires. While we know that children are the ones who are hurt most by divorce, the fascinating thing about this film is how this little girl becomes even more mature than the two adults who should be doing a far better job of raising her.
On one hand, there’s no doubt that Maisie has a mother and father who love her dearly. But on the other hand there’s no also no doubt that they are incredibly lousy parents. Her mother, »
- Ben Kenber
Kramer vs. Kramer continues to stand as one of the most memorable, heart-wrenching dramas about divorce and the battle for child custody. But way before the Dustin Hoffman/Meryl Streep-starrer, there was What Maisie Knew, a 1897 book by Henry James about a child shuffled back and forth between her two divorced parents every six months. That turn-of-the-century novel has now been updated for a modern retelling on the big screen, in a film starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård.
EW has the exclusive poster for the movie that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. On the new one-sheet, »
- Emily Rome
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