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Margaret [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Anna Paquin , Matt Damon , Kenneth Lonergan    Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Jeannie Berlin
  • Directors: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Writers: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Producers: Anthony Minghella, Blair Breard, Gary Gilbert, Scott Rudin, Sydney Pollack
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIGF0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A film whose initial release was held up for five years, thanks to a series of legal wrangles, the eventual cinematic debut of Margaret was, perhaps inevitably, strangely muted. But what a treat it is. From director Kenneth Lonergan, who was behind the brilliant You Can Count On Me, Margaret is an ensemble drama, the catalyst for which is a bus crash. The crash is witnessed by Anna Paquin’s Lisa, and it forces her to question whether it was really an accident. Things spiral from there, affecting more than just Lisa herself, and drawing the film’s large cast together.

Margaret is an involving, intelligent and absorbing piece of cinema, that if anything feels a little bit short. Running to well over two hours, there’s nonetheless still a sense that one or two of the story fragments are missing. But still, there’s plenty here to feast on. Furthermore, there are interesting themes that Lonergan’s film isn’t shy about exploring, and there’s a good deal to dissect once the credits roll.

Don’t be put off by the relatively low-key DVD release, then. Margaret is a gem, the kind of film that’ll be discovered for some time to come, and appreciated by those who like their drama with some real substance to it. The long delay in releasing it hasn’t helped the film, certainly, but Margaret very much deserves to find a big audience on DVD. --Jon Foster

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By dsarath
Filmed back in 2005 and hindered by a series of legal disputes, the film stars Anna Paquin as an adolescent New York student, Lisa, who involuntarily causes a bus accident. In the wake of the crash, which leaves a middle-aged woman dead, she moulds the fallout into her own operatic melodrama.

Much the same way that her mother performs at the theatre every night, New York is Lisa's stage and she has cast herself the lead role of this production. Embarking on a pseudo-idealistic quest for redemption, the arrogant youngster turns people's real-life tragedy into her own selfish drama. However, in this crusade to become the centre of her peers' spotlight, the lives of Lisa's supporting cast, which include Matt Damon as her naively caring tutor and Mark Rufallo as the bus driver whom she innocently distracted to ignite the events, are thrown into turmoil.

Witnessing these characters who orbit Lisa's world hurled into disarray is what makes Margaret such an engaging film. As she feverishly fights to have the bus driver arrested and integrates herself into her victim's mourning circle of friends, Lonergan offers gripping drama and endearing black comedy throughout Margaret's sweeping 150 minute length. But what makes the film, named after the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, more than just an engaging story and one of the finest releases of the year is the space in between the words.

It's a drama, after all, that's rich in subtext. Not only does Kenneth Lonergan set his narrative against a backdrop of post-9/11 New York where both racial and religious division collide with a deep sense of disillusion, but Lisa's tale itself paints a picture of modern America as a whole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind Of A Masterpiece 4 May 2013
Kenneth Lonergan's delayed film 'Margaret' is a kind of masterpiece. The title of the film comes from a poem, 'Spring and Fall' by Gerald Manley Hopkins. This was a favorite poem by one of Lonergan's mentors, Patricia Broderick, and centers on a woman named Margaret. This is Lonergan's tribute to Broderick. Of note, Broderick's son plays a teacher in the film.

The film starts with a moving scene of the New York City landscape on a beautiful day, and suddenly we are smack dab in the middle of trauma and blood and gore. This scene is so profound and so well acted that it is etched permanently in our minds. Lisa, played by Anna Paquin, is the witness and partial cause of this incident. This will cause her hours and days and months of pain and grieving. She is a young girl, 17 years old and in the midst of growing up. She thinks she is an adult, but in reality she is still a teenager trying to move through her days. Overly dramatic, yes, but then her mother is an actress of some renown on the stage, and her father, a playwright/writer in Hollywood. The father is played by the director, Kenneth Lonergan, and he is quite believable as a loving but distracted father, off in his own world.

As the film proceeds we see Lisa as she grieves and as she tries to do the right thing. She is unable to talk with her mother about her mixed feelings of lying to protect someone, so she latches onto a teacher, played by Matt Damon, and then onto the best friend of the victim. The film gives us a perspective from all sides. We all have our version, and then we all have our morals and ethics to defend. What would I do in these circumstances? Difficult to say , a 17 year old me?

The writing is superb, the acting superb, and the film's storyline is a new side of an old theme. Well done, more than entertaining, thought provoking and insistent. A must see for everyone.

Recommended. prisrob 05-04-13
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars complex but not fully successful 14 Jan 2012
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A brilliant, poignant and moving film; dialogue, cinematography and sound track all working together to great effect. Wonderful performance from Anna Paquin.
Published 12 days ago by Dr. B. Toth
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of relationships, guilt, grief and teenage adolescence
I don't actually want to go into, too much detail as the film speaks beautifully for itself, via the director/writers vision and the performances from both Mother and daughter... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Lucy Clare
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
After reading some reviews, I bought this for my wife. Our youngest daughter happened to be here when she played it but neither of them liked it, so they abandoned it less than... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Baldeagle176
3.0 out of 5 stars Margaret
It just seems coincidental that Lisa sees a bus driver with a cow boy hat on, (at the start of the film), after having discussed how she wants one for when she visits her dad, in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richie77777
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
There was something about this film... the story was interesting and the characters very well portrayed but there was something extra that made me love it! Just a great film.
Published 8 months ago by D. Waldron
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Films for stock
Ordered, arrived in good condition but not veiwed yet. Otherwise all OK. I am keeping for winter nights to pass the cold and frosty time.
Published 11 months ago by John Patrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Ruined my night...
I'll set the scene. It's Friday night, I've had a hell of a week at work. I crack open a couple of beers and cook a nice dinner for the wife and I. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. T. Ford
1.0 out of 5 stars A director with friends in high places ... does not a good movie make.
Dire. And it would have been unanimously panned if it weren't for its director's social circle/standing. Because this is not a quality piece of work. Far from it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by inchworm
1.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's new clothes
Along with the reviewers on this site, this is the epitome of pretentiousness. This 3 hour dirge was an ordeal with no artistic merit. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DR JOHN O'MALLEY
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