Thursday, January 30, 2014

Margaret (2011)

Director: Kenneth Lonergan. Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jeannie Berlin, Jean Reno, Allison Janney, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kenneth Lonergan. 150 min. Rated R. Drama.

In post-9/11 NYC, a college student (Paquin) innocently distracts a bus driver, causing the gruesome death of a pedestrian. This sends her on a quest to bring the driver to justice, as a means to forgive herself - but is too helpless to reach closure. There's a back-story on how this was written in 2003, shot in 2005 (before Paquin's "True Blood" days), shelved for 6 years, and edited down from 3 hours to 2 and 1/2 for a short 2011 screening. But with its deep drama and heavenly ensemble cast, the film is nothing short of a masterpiece.

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