V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Margaret

V' 16

Margaret

Kenneth Lonergan
USA, 2011
186min, OF

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Margaret

Kenneth Lonergan
USA, 2011
, 186min, OF

Actors: 
Anna Paquin
Lisa Cohen
J. Smith-Cameron
Joan
Mark Ruffalo
Maretti
Jeannie Berlin
Emily
Jean Reno
Ramon
Screenplay: 
Kenneth Lonergan
Sound: 
Jacob Ribicoff
Camera: 
Ryszard Lenczewski
Editor: 
Michael Fay
Anne McCabe
Composer: 
Nico Muhly
Decoration: 
Dan Leigh
Costume: 
Melissa Toth

Production: 
Fox Searchlight Pictures, Gilbert Films, Mirage Enterprises, Scott Rudin Productions
Format: 
DCP
Color

Since 2000, Kenneth Lonergan had been absent from the radar as a director. The reason turns out to have been years of acrimonious studio argument over the length of his followup project, a post-9/11 New York drama in a world of trauma, rage, blame, overtalking and interrupting. Originally conceived as a three-hour movie, it has been allowed into cinemas in a two-and-a-half hour cut. The resulting movie is stunning.
Margaret is provocative and brilliant, a sprawling neurotic nightmare of urban catastrophe, with something of John Cassavetes and tom Wolfe, and rocket-fuelled by a superbly thin-skinned performance by Anna Paquin. She is overwhelmed with ambiguous emotion at having contributed to a disaster, and, compulsively driven to do something, draws everyone into a whirlpool of painful and destructive confrontations. (Peter Bradshaw)

In the presence of Kenneth Lonergan

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