The child asks for a lullaby, and the mother complies. She sings “Rock-a-bye, Baby,” a little ditty that lulls in melody but not lyric. The words, about infanticide and fear, set the scene for “What Maisie Knew.” Maisie is the child, her mother is full of the words of love but not the actions.
The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute's Celluloid Couch series at Webster University concludes Thursday, May 19th with co-writer/ director Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right with analysis provided after the screening by Lenita Newberg. Teenage siblings Joni and Laser live with their two mothers, Jules and Nic.