What Maisie Knew
What Maisie Knew
The film will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7, 2012.
Here’s the synopsis for What Maisie Knew a Henry James’ 1897 novel:
Set mostly in England, the novel is related from the perspective of Maisie, a preadolescent whose parents were divorced when she was six years old and who spends six months of the year with each parent. The only emotional constant in Maisie’s life is Mrs. Wix, a motherly old governess. Maisie’s parents marry other partners, but neither marriage succeeds. Her new stepparents are attracted to each other, divorce Maisie’s parents, and marry. Maisie knows intuitively that she cannot depend on the adults in her life, and she chooses to live with Mrs. Wix, on whose unconditional love she can depend. [Amazon]
You can view the PRESS NOTES for the movie (along with an interview by co-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee, songs from the film, cast bios and thank yous).
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.