Film Review | What Maisie Knew starring Onata Aprile

dvd cover What Maisie Knew starring Onata AprileI have nothing but positive things to say about What Maisie Knew. This film features great acting, beautiful camera shots, a realistic and compelling storyline and some likeable characters. Young Maisie is played excellently by Onata Aprile. She is charming, cute and has the best outfits, plus a real talent for acting. She is definitely the star of the film and this performance will likely serve as a springboard for her into many future rolls.

Based on the novel by Henry James, this film deals with a young girl who is caught between her self-interested parents (Moore & Coogan) in a custody battle. At times they are fighting over who gets her when, but most of they time they are just too tied up in their own lives to even notice that no one is left to care for her. Each parent chooses a new partner and it is these stepparents (Skarsgård & Vanderham) who step in and fill the role of loving parents. Overall, the characters are pretty well developed and the strain on Maisie is palpable. This film demonstrates how trying parental separation can be for a child. The realistic portrayal would also serve as a good introduction for those in a shaky relationship who are considering parenthood. Check it out from a library near you.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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