In one of the few comic relief scenes, Maisie brings Lincoln to ‘Show and Tell’, and introduces him as her Stepdad. Not to be outdone, one young buck pipes up, “I’ve got two step-dads and one is almost dead.”
In a rare moment of self-awareness, Susanna ruefully says to Maisie, “ I was once just like you”. Where innocence is lost and cynicism sets in is one of the great questions of ‘growing up’, of giving and receiving, of finding and losing love. Maisie intuitively knows the difference and somehow you know, or want to believe, she always will.
A superbly written, well acted and directed film, screenwriter Carroll Cartwright and cast members Alexander Skaarsgard, Julianne Moore and certainly Onata Aprile should be on the radar come Oscartime.
Alexander Skarsgård and Oscartime in the same sentence.