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Margaret (2011)

R | | Drama | 1 June 2012 (Italy)
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A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

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Bothersome New York City high-school student Lisa Cohen (17), who consistently messes up her life and that of boy classmates, searches New York in vain for a fit cowboy hat to wear at an excursion with her separated father and stepmother. Spotting one on bus driver Maretti's head but failing to board, she stubbornly runs along and keeps claiming his confused attention, until the bus hits a blind senior, who is wounded fatally The NYPD quickly closes the case as an accident, but Lisa, duly consumed by guilt and spared any charge, starts bothering everyone and making a mean pest of herself, not only at home, as self-absorbed actress mother may deserve, but also in the precinct, tracking down the victim's uninterested kin out of town and even Maretti at home. A family friend lawyer gets involved in the case, digging in to compromising circumstances and causing real trouble to people who were of the hook. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some drug use and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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1 June 2012 (Italy)  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,525 (USA) (2 October 2011)

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$46,495 (USA) (23 October 2011)
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Gary Gilbert was initially tolerant of the extended editing process, because he had faith in Kenneth Lonergan, and paid out of his own pocket for additional time in the editing suite. However, Producer Scott Rudin would describe Gilbert's scrutiny and excessive involvement in the editing process as "toxic". See more »

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When Lisa comes home after the accident, throws up and hugs her mother, there's no blood on her arms and hands. In the next shots under the shower, there is plenty. See more »

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David: A red light case is a 50-50 proposition already.
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A tragic accident sends one New York City teenager into the throws of a moral dilemma which serves as a catalyst for her own transformation
27 July 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A truly heart wrenching story, "Margaret" reiterates Kenneth Lonergan's gifts for dialogue, story, and his ability to treat the most dramatic themes with artful humor, awareness and perception. The acting is exceptional; even relatively small parts, (played by actors such as Matthew Broderick, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, and Allison Janey) showcase both the actors' own remarkable abilities as well as Lonergan's attention to detail. It is Matthew Broderick's character who is the only one to utter the movie's title as he recites a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. J. Smith Cameron and Anna Paquin, who play mother and daughter, both deliver fierce performances which form the relationship that serves as the backbone of the film. Taking on issues from abortion, divorce, and death to the inherent isolation of being human, the movie has a life and humor to it which cannot be brought down by the weightiness of these issues.


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