Indie Gems: What Maisie Knew
Just because you can have a child, doesn't mean you know how to be a parent.
There's a time in our lives when it's okay to be a little self-centered. We need to care about our performances at our jobs, and be wrapped up in our own love lives. We have to find a time to love ourselves and live our lives. That being said, when you choose to bring a child into this world, you need to put their needs before yours. This is a little person that depends on you, and you need to be there for them. Poor 6 year old Maisie (Onata Aprile) doesn't have that.
Her mother, Susanna (Julianne Moore) and her father, Beale (Steve Coogan) are separating. Her father has booked up with Maisie's long time nanny, Margo. (Joanna Vanderham) They are in a bitter custody battle with the courts, they openly fight in front of her. Susanna talks to her like she's a friend rather than her young child and encourages her to lie about things in court. Beale seems to love his daughter, but he's far too caught up with work to give her the time of day, that usually falls to Margo. Susanna marries a man named Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgard) to "look better for court, since her ex is remarried as well." Lincoln and Maisie enjoy each other's company, and eventually Margo and Lincoln end up watching her more than her own parents do.
This was a hard film to watch, it was terrible seeing Maisie get let down over and over again. Her parents can't keep their days straight on who's turn it is to pick her up at school. Susanna leaves her at Lincoln's work one night when he's not even there. Margo and Beale get divorced, yet she still ends up responsible for Maisie. It's just sad all around. Especially since the whole story is told from Maisie's point of view, and even though she loves her family unconditionally, we the audience know she deserves better.
The performances are great all around and little Aprile has such a presence. This is one of the best films I've seen in 2013.
Memorable Quote: "He said we could go on the boat, tomorrow!" - Maisie (Onata Aprile)