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Margaret 2011

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3.3 out of 5 stars (35) IMDb 6.5/10

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.

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

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Genres Drama
Director Kenneth Lonergan
Starring Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron
Supporting actors Mark Ruffalo, Jeannie Berlin, Jean Reno, Sarah Steele, John Gallagher Jr., Cyrus Hernstadt, Allison Janney, Kieran Culkin, Matt Damon, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Betsy Aidem, Adam Rose, Nick Grodin, Jonathan Hadary, Josh Hamilton, Rosemarie DeWitt, Glenn Fleshler, Stephen Conrad Moore
Studio Fox Searchlight
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2013
Format: DVD
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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"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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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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