Carefully written and beautifully photographed, this child custody drama is an undeniably moving film with strong performances from everyone involved. It's also extremely hard to watch, and I don't know that I would recommend it. To parents, anyway. Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play Susanna and Beale, parents of the bright and good-hearted 6-year-old girl Maisie (Onata Aprile). Susanna is an aging rock star, Beale a British art dealer. They live in a high-end Manhattan apartment building, when they're not jetting around for the demanding business of Art. The film opens with Beale and Susanna in the final, terminal stages of splitting up and Maisie is witness to fights of astonishing emotional brutality. Events progress and the custody battle grows bitter. Although the well-crafted story ends with a certain rounded elegance, it sure is hard on the stomach.
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Director: Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Writer: Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan, Onata Aprile, Emma Holzer, Diana García, Stephen Mailer, Joel Garland, Samantha Buck and Gil O'Brien
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