DVD Review: What Maisie Knew (15)

Undated Film Still Handout from What Masie Knew. Pictured: Maisie Elizabeth (Onata Aprile), dad, Beale (Steve Coogan). See PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Curzon Film World. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from What Masie Knew. Pictured: Maisie Elizabeth (Onata Aprile), dad, Beale (Steve Coogan). See PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Curzon Film World. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews.

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Six-year-old Maisie Elizabeth (Onata Aprile) is raised by her self-obsessed parents, fading rock chick Susanna (Julianne Moore) and art dealer Beale (Steve Coogan), whose interests and sexual appetites eventually take them in opposite directions.

They separate and Maisie ricochets back and forth between Susanna and Beale and their respective new partners, Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgard) and Margo (Joanna Vanderham).

While the adults bicker and squabble, determined to seek custody, little Maisie watches relationships disintegrate through unblinkered eyes and she gains a deeper insight into the emotional damage that Susanna and Beale have inflicted upon her and the people around them. Adapted from a Henry James novel of the same name, What Maisie Knew documents a bitter custody battle through the eyes of an observant child caught between her warring parents.