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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.


Kenneth Lonergan
9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Lisa Cohen
J. Smith-Cameron ... Joan
Mark Ruffalo ... Maretti
Jeannie Berlin ... Emily
Jean Reno ... Ramon
Sarah Steele ... Becky
John Gallagher Jr. ... Darren
Cyrus Hernstadt Cyrus Hernstadt ... Curtis
Allison Janney ... Monica Patterson
Kieran Culkin ... Paul
Matt Damon ... Mr. Aaron
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Mitchell
Betsy Aidem ... Abigail
Adam Rose ... Anthony
Nick Grodin ... Matthew


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 June 2012 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Margarita See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,525, 2 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,495, 23 October 2011
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kenneth Lonergan's original script suggested a three-hour film, but he agreed to produce a cut no longer than one hundred fifty minutes, when signing with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Gary Gilbert. See more »


There's a close-up shot of a New York Times article about the bus driver. The article says he works for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The correct name is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. See more »


David: A red light case is a 50-50 proposition already.
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Alternate Versions

Extended version released on DVD runs for 178 minutes. See more »


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Written by Benoit Jutras
Performed by Cirque du Soleil
Courtesy of CReations Meandres Inc.
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"Mysterious and consistently involving..."
15 August 2012 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

American screenwriter, playwright and director Kenneth Lonergan's second feature film, succeeding his so rightfully acclaimed feature film debut "You Can Count on Me" (2000), which he wrote, premiered in England, was screened in the Horizons section at the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2011, shot on locations in USA and is an American production which was produced by producers Gary Gilbert, Scott Rudin and Sydney Pollack (1934-2008). It tells the story about a seventeen-year-old American high school student named Lisa who lives in an apartment in New York, USA with her mother named Joan who is a theater actress and her little brother named Curtis.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by American filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a somewhat melodramatic and multifaceted portrayal of an adolescent girl who embarks on a devoted search for justice and closure. While notable for its naturalistic milieu depictions, fine cinematography by Polish cinematographer Ryszard Lenczewski, production design by production designer Dan Leigh, film editing by film editor Anne McCabe and depiction of a mother-daughter relationship, this character-driven and dialog-driven story depicts a pervasive study of character and contains a good score by American composer Nico Muhly.

This humorous and literary coming-of-age drama which was released almost six years after the crew began filming, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, quick-witted dialog and the prominent acting performances by Canadian-New Zealand actress Anna Paquin who is remarkable in a complex role, American actress J. Smith-Cameron, American actress Jeannie Berlin and the fine supporting acting performances by Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Jean Reno, Kieran Culkin and John Gallagher Jr. A mysterious and consistently involving character piece which gained, among other awards, the ALFS Award for Actress of the Year Anna Paquin at the 32nd London Critics Circle Film Awards in 2012.

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