The issues surrounding children getting caught up in the relationship dramas of divorced parents it something film has conspicuously steered clear of (with notable exception such as Kramer Vs. Kramer), largely because it’s such a difficult and emotive issue. However What Maisie Knew – a modern adaptation of a Henry James story – tackles this head on.
It looks at a seven-year-old, caught up in the drama between her aging rock star mother (Julianne Moore) and art dealer dad (Steven Coogan) after their divorce. However the film doesn’t just delve into children and their parents, but also what happens when new people (Alexander Skargard, Joanna Vanderham) come into those parents’ lives and the difficulty of working out what their role is.
It looks like it could be a really good movie, which may well be going for Oscars, as it’s due for release this coming autumn.