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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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Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world. Written by Anonymous

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

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,525 (USA) (30 September 2011)

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$46,495 (USA) (21 October 2011)
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Despite Kenneth Lonergan's long and troubled editing process, studio Fox Searchlight was not willing to fire a director with final cut privilege and risk damaging their reputation among other filmmakers. See more »

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When Paul is at her home, his sleeves are rolled up, and when the camera is in front of him the sleeves are down. See more »

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David: A red light case is a 50-50 proposition already.
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Barcarolle (Belle nuit)
from "Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)"
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Vocal Performance by Renée Fleming and Susan Graham
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great movie
20 February 2012 | by (jamesdamnbrown.com) – See all my reviews

Margaret is a well written coming of age drama, but the protagonist is not a sympathetic character, which is going to alienate a lot of the audience right off the bat. The girl behind me as I left the theater didn't like it, telling her friend, "I just couldn't stand Anna Paquin's character." The screenplay is deft at shorthanding idiosyncratic, complicated personalities with naturalistic dialogue. It also helps that every role in the film, including almost every minor part, is cast with a top notch actor. But for all the big Hollywood names, my props go to J. Smith-Cameron for a theater-grade performance scaled down to fit the intimacy of a close up shot. The movie explores the milieu of affluent teenagers attending an upscale school in New York City, and one of the other reviewers here is right in saying it resembles a French film in that it takes an mature approach to depicting adolescents, showing them as smart, complicated, sexual, uncertain. Most mainstream reviewers seem puzzled as to what they should think about it. I think it's over their heads, the elliptical, dialogue heavy, character driven narrative style, as well as the lack of an easy, simple take-away moral, seems to have befuddled them. Maybe we should rope in some theater critics' opinions instead.


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