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Margaret 2011

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3.4 out of 5 stars (37) 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.

Starring:
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 Allison Janney, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno
Studio Fox Searchlight
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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Please be aware that there are potential spoilers in this review about the ending of the film.

Margaret seems like a film that has had a great deal of care taken in the making of it. For example, whereas in many films, a typical phone conversation would be shown in an almost clinical way – every syllable of every word from both parties being heard. In Margaret we are given the phone conversation with the kind of distractions we all get from time to time (in this case someone playing a piano in the next room) and it gives an air of realism to the film. Margaret is a film that is not rushed, perhaps even being a little too slow at times with lingering shots of sky-lines or slowly capturing the ambience of all the diners in a restaurant. It is though a well-made film with competent performances from the cast and with much care on the technical side of the film with filming, lighting, direction, music etc.

So the reason for the three starts? Well the main character spending the whole film shouting – shouting at her mother, her fellow students, at new acquaintances, at just about everyone she comes into contact with. There is much more to the film than her shouting but that is the lasting memory (real or perceived) that I have. That and the clichéd Hollywood style closing scene has left me with no desire to spend another three hours watching and listening to her again.

I wouldn’t discourage anyone from watching Margaret, as it is generally a well made film but maybe just one that is not to my taste.

On the DVD you get:

Margaret (extended cut)
Set Up: Audio English Dolby digital 5.1 Subtitles: (Optional) English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
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On the day of its cinema release, Kenneth Lonergan's long-gestating drama was the most successful film in the UK. Problem was, it only opened on one screen. The story of Margaret's production is likely a fascinating story in itself, not least because of Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker's input into the final edit, which was presumably a return favour for Lonergan's work on the screenplay for Gangs of New York. But I'll focus on the fascinating story that Lonergan has told with this film.

Ostensibly the tale centres on a New York schoolgirl named Lisa (Anna Paquin, defining her young adulthood just as she defined herself in childhood with The Piano), who inadvertently causes a fatal road accident. What follows is the emotional aftermath, fought outwardly with her mother, as a moral and ethical war wages within her hormone-ravaged body.

The performances are excellent throughout, particularly Paquin and J. Smith-Cameron as the daughter and mother caught in gravitational flux. Jean Reno gives fine support as the sad-sack Ramon, while Matthew Broderick delivers the poem (by Gerard Manley Hopkins) that provides the film's title, while suggesting the entire life of his character by the way he eats a sandwich. It's that kind of film.

I once described Winter's Bone as an anti-youth movie. Margaret could be a companion piece in this regard, cautioning against the bright-eyed naivety of youthful independence, and promoting the importance of family. Like Winter's Ree, Lisa is a lost soul; unlike Ree, Lisa is not someone we admire. But she is always in focus; Lonergan expects not for us to like her, only to understand her.
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