Synopsis: Young Maisie is caught in the middle of a bitter divorce between her fading rock star mum and travelling art dealer dad.
Stan's thoughts: Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play repugnant, self-obsessed people showering their daughter with a superficial love and treating her like an object, a weapon in the divorce battle.
Such is their behaviour that there was at least one audible tut in the cinema and you knew everyone else was mentally tutting. The victim of the piece, Maisie, is beautifully and subtly played by Onata Aprile. She never complains or throws a tantrum she just loves being with her mum and dad - when the are around. Pushed from pillar to post eventually she makes a decision that serves as a harsh wake up call for her mum.
This film isn't subtle in its message but makes for an interesting and satisfying character piece. My only grumble is that dad seems to come out of it better than mum, partly because he disappears off the scene about two thirds of the way through.Ratings
- Stan's: 70%
- IMDB: 74%
- Metascore: 74%
- Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
- RT audience rating is 83%