After David Siegel and Scott McGehee opened What Masie Knew at the Toronto Film Festival to critical applause, the film finally released its first trailer ahead of a springtime release.
A modern adaptation of the 1897 novel by Henry James, the film depicts the complex inner workings of a family struggling through divorce as seen through the eyes of their 7-year-old daughter Maisie, played by newcomer Onata Aprile. The film stars Julianne Moore as Maisie’s mother, Suzanna, an aging rockstar engaged in a nasty custody battle with art dealing ex-husband Beale (played by Steve Coogan).
In a play to win the court’s favor, Beale weds Margot (Joanna Vanderham), Maisie’s nanny inciting Suzanna to rope bartending pal Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgard) into holy matrimony as well. As Maisie is bounced between parents who seem more interested in provoking vicious arguments rather than caring for their child, it becomes clear her pseudo stepparents may be the family Maisie truly needs.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s John DeFore hailed the film as a “tasteful melodrama [that] benefits from uniformly strong performances.”