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What Maisie Knew




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This is a really great movie, well written and amazingly acted. The little girl who plays Maisie is outstanding! So is the rest of the cast.

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What Maisie Knew is a 2012 contemporary revisioning of the acclaimed novella by Henry James, starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard and Steve Coogan.

WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a touching drama set against the chaos and complexity of modern marriage and family, and revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie (introducing Onata Aprile), caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Suzanna (Moore), an aging rock star, and her father, Beale (Coogan), a major art dealer.

In a race to win the court’s advantage, Beale marries Maisie’s nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham), prompting Suzanna in turn to marry friend and local bartender, Lincoln (Skarsgård). As Maisie is shuttled back and forth between her parents, she comes to rely more and more on her parents’ new spouses, who begin to see how selfish and damaged Maisie’s parents really are.

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

What Maisie Knew Movie Reviews

“Poignant and exemplary, this is one of the best films of 2013.” New York Observer

“Who would have thought that one of the most provocative and affecting films made about the fallout from 21st century divorce would have emanated from a 19th century novel?” USA Today

“beautifully acted, thought-provoking drama that skilfully updates Henry James's little-read 1897 novella to the modern era.” Daily Mail UK

“Intimate, unnerving and entirely addictive.” Salon.com

“Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerfully emotional and strikingly perceptive drama with excellent performances from a note-perfect cast.” ViewLondon

“Most movies about divorce and fractured families play up the tumultuous melodrama, but What Maisie Knew goes for something much quieter and more profound. It's a subtly ambitious film that's smartly written, beautifully acted, and perfectly directed.” TV Guide

“The young Aprile is a standout in a moving, hard-hitting and surprising adaptation of the Henry James novel.” Empire

“Capturing the essence of the source novel, this is a superior adult drama. Harrowing, heartbreaking but utterly compelling.” Total Film

“A superb, moving film, it's a tribute to author Henry James that his 1897 story could prove so illuminating when adapted for the 21st century. Performances throughout are terrific, seeped as they are in guilt, resentment and confusion.” 3AW

Release date Australia
January 10th, 2014
Number of Discs
Length (Minutes)
Aspect Ratio
  • 2.35 : 1
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • USA
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
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