WHEN A LIT­TLE KNOWL­EDGE IS TOO MUCH IN­FOR­MA­TION, US, 95 MIN

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If only Maisie didn’t know any­thing in What Maisie Knew. Some­times ig­no­rance can in­deed be bliss. Maisie (a stun­ning per­for­mance by Onata Aprile) is seven years old. She lives in New York City. Her mother, Su­sanna (Ju­lianne Moore), is a washed-up rock star. Her dad, Beale (Steve Coogan) is just a wash-out. All that Maisie ever hears is her par­ents fight­ing. They are no longer to­gether, but apart they are as dam­ag­ing to the wel­fare of their daugh­ter as they have ever been. This bril­liantly-acted study in emo­tional ne­glect as child abuse can be quite wrench­ing to watch. Though Maisie is liv­ing in rel­a­tively af­flu­ent sur­rounds, the worry for her well-be­ing steadily rises through­out the pic­ture.

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