Julianne Moore has done it again in the new movie WHAT MAISIE KNEW. She nailed the role of Susanna, a real rockstar mom who struggles with being a mother to her 6 year old daughter Maisie. Steve Coogan plays the father, named Beale. Both parents are self-involved and their ability to see their daughter’s needs for love, acceptance and a childhood is clouded. The story is taken from the Steven James’ novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW.
I had the opportunity to see a special screening of the movie yesterday, hosted by Nicole from Momtrends. After the screening and lunch we had a Q&A with Julianne Moore and the directors. It was such an intimate conversation about the movie. Since I was amongst many savvy New York mommy bloggers, the Q&A definitely turned into a conversation about parenthood. Julianne talked about her character’s inconsistency with her daughter and how important it is for a child to have consistency in their life. She even referenced her own life and parenting skills throughout the conversation.
What touched me and hit home for me was being able to see all of the emotional ups and downs of a family seen through the eyes of a 6 year old. As a teacher, I’ve worked in many diverse sections of New York City and have looked inside the lives of diverse children. I’ve seen children who are allowed to be just that, children. Then I’ve seen children who carry a heavy load on their shoulders due to their families circumstances. Children are so intelligent and often times realize what’s going on around them, especially when it comes to their parents. The main character, Maisie, played by Onata Aprile, did an amazing job showing her pain, frustration and fear throughout the movie. It’s a movie of real parenthood, divorce, co-parenting and family life.
WHAT MAISIE KNEW is heartbreaking, emotional and real. It opens this Friday, May 3rd. Does this movie sound like something you’d watch? What do you think about the movie being told through the eyes of a child? What movies have touched you?
Disclaimer: The views expressed are that of Monica J. I was not compensated to write this review.