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.

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

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Margaret

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Product Details

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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6 of 6 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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By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
...Jeannie Berlin's Emily gets right to the heart of the matter summarising troubled, self-absorbed teenager, Lisa's (played by Anna Paquin) increasingly volatile (not to say histrionic) behaviour in Kenneth Lonergan's equally troubled 2011 film. In the 'extended cut' (179 minutes long!) version of Lonergan's tale of New York teenager Lisa's attempts to come to terms with her guilt and grief having been the part-cause of a tragic fatality, the film's 'birth pains' (its release was delayed by four years from the planned 2007 date as Lonergan and Fox argued over its 'final cut') are (for me, at least) certainly evident in the film's editing, but for all its flaws Margaret has a good deal to commend it. That should not come as a great surprise since Lonergan also delivered an excellent (if lower key and less ambitious) big screen debut with 2000's You Can Count On Me, and here the film-maker/playwright draws again on a number of the cast from the earlier film.

Of course, at the heart of Margaret (a referenced Manley Hopkins' poem, not a character in Lonergan's film) is Paquin's bravura, all-engulfing turn as the petulant, feisty and (essentially) unlikeable Lisa. I must admit I found Paquin's histrionics, though no doubt broadly realistic for a hormonally-charged teen, a little OTT and grating, eventually. On the other hand, (Lonergan's wife) J Smith Cameron's performance as Lisa's increasingly 'estranged' stage actress mother - playing up one of the film's key themes of 'miscommunication' - is superb, as is that delivered by the aforementioned Berlin as Emily (particularly during the `confrontation' scene with Lisa).
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