Margaret 2011

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A 17-year-old New York City high school student feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life, and in her attempts to set things right, she learns that her youthful ideals are on a collision cours their darker sides begin to take over.

Anna Paquin,J. Smith-Cameron
3 hours 6 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Kenneth Lonergan
Starring Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron
Supporting actors Allison Janney, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno
Studio Fox Searchlight
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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3.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lucas on 5 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
"Margaret" is extraordinary, rare cinema. The film last almost three hours but it never lets up.

The story is excellent, the camerawork is excellent and the actors are excellent. Especially the main actor, Anna Paquin, who carries the film for its long duration.

I didn't recognise her, at first, but after a quick internet search I found out that she is one of the mutants in XMen, a completely different kind of film that only tells what an amazing actress Anna Paquin is. I also found out that she is the little girl in "The Piano", film for which she won the Oscar for best supporting role at the age of eleven!!!!!!!!!!! Eleven exclamation marks there...

"Margaret" tells the story of a high school student who is learning the differences between the world we want and believe when we are very young and the real world, the one we make as we get older...

The story is so strong, so intense, so gripping and at the same time is delicate and has so many levels of perception.
I personally dislike teenagers but this film is certainly one exception. On that, I thought it was strange why none of the teenagers were not spending half their day or more on Facebook and youtube as I thought this is a new film.

The information on the dvd says that the film is from 2011 but this is incorrect.
"Margaret" was actually filmed in 2005 ( reason why Matt Damon looks so young in the film... ). What happened is that, after the end of the filming, there was a court battle that delayed the release of the film for six years.

This is only the second long feature film of Kenneth Lonergan, director of "Margaret" . It is pretty impressive because, my god, this film is so good. I watched it two days ago and am still thinking about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
Minor Plot Spoiler.

There is no one named Margaret in the movie. It comes from a poem that is read. But that's okay I grew up watching Captain Kangaroo who is nether a captain nor a kangaroo. In fact there may have been a lot of stuff I didn't grasp in this film, but here goes.

The film opens in slow motion to illustrate how life moves slowly along until one moment suddenly changes and defines it. Lisa (Anna Paquin) distracts a bus driver who runs a red light and kills a women. She wants to do the right thing, but what is it? The grief and moral dilemma disrupts her life and her relationships.

The film is well made. The acting was excellent as was the writing...I think. I just didn't enjoy the film, but I didn't dislike it either. The main problem I have with the overall theme is that Lisa wants justice for the dead woman. She has grief which we see, but we don't see her confess her role in the death except to the bus driver she distracted. She doesn't seem to have any guilt...or perhaps that is the point of the film is that we quickly forgive our own guilt...except we don't. I kept waiting for Lisa to take blame for what had happened and Emily (Jeannie Berlin) punch her in the mouth.

This is a film about grief, but it is not really sad. Matt Damon plays a geometry teacher who is a love interest of Lisa. Matthew Broderick plays a literature teacher whose classes provide the film with multiple confusing deeper themes for you to pick from in case you don't like the aspect of simply dealing with grief. After watching the film, I felt like I needed a hug.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, sex, nudity (J. Smith-Cameron, Ann Paquin silhouette)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I'm with Dipesh Parmar in an earlier review. This fairly long film was never dull, but it did not satisfy either. Anna Paquin plays Lisa, an intelligent teenage girl with the erratic judgement of her years, feeling passionately about many things but expressing herself often in a way which angers or upsets those around her - and herself, in the end. She's prickly and self-righteous, vulnerable and aggressive.

Lisa is not an unconvincing character ; she's just not likeable. At times she is the victim of circumstances. More often she creates trouble and aggravates it. She distresses a decent boy who likes her. She frequently upsets her mother, who is herself vulnerable. She is unable to deal successfully with her absent father, with whom she would like to spend time but to whom she talks on the 'phone, usually without very much connection, and whose offer of time spent together in the end is withdrawn. There are times when you would just like to slap her which is what (metaphorically) the dead woman's friend Emily eventually does, recognising that, while Lisa has been caught up in an event which would be traumatic for anyone, she is nonetheless making a narrative of it to suit herself, sometimes at the expense of others. I should say here that Anna Paquin's characteristic expression of startled self-righteousness turning to aggression is completely convincing ; she is very good, as are all the cast. J. Smith-Cameron as her mother also deserves special mention for a very good, understatedly fragile performance.

How much of this is the result of the film's editing, from 3 hours down to 2 and a quarter? It may be that links are missing, that some scenes, played out more fully, might carry more weight, but there is no way of knowing.
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