Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 333: Friday Dec 2

Margaret (Lonergan, 2011): Panton St Odeon 1.45; 4.50 & 8pm ALL WEEK

This film is quietly being buried by the studio. There was just one late press screenings before its release today and it's getting as limited a release here as it did in America. Which is a crying shame as the movie, the follow up to Kenneth Lonergan's excellent You Can Count On Me, sounds well worth seeking out. If you want to read the fascinating background to the movie's travails check out Vadim Rizov's piece in January's Sight & Sound magazine.

Both Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian and Tim Robey in the Telegraph have given the film five-star reviews today.

Chicago Reader review:

'A spoiled Manhattan teenager (Anna Paquin) distracts a city bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) with her flirty behavior, causing him to run a red light and kill a pedestrian (Allison Janney). At her mother's urging, the girl tells police the light was green, but eventually an attack of conscience—from which she conveniently spares herself—impels her to launch a vendetta against the driver. This moving drama was shot in 2005 but tied up in court for years after writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me) failed to deliver a cut under 150 minutes, as his contract demanded. Released at long last and running 149 minutes, the movie shows obvious signs of having been hacked down to size (Matt Damon's fine performance as the girl's math teacher seems to have suffered particularly). But even in its truncated state, this is pretty gripping stuff; just think of it as an epic commercial for the director's cut DVD. Among the stellar cast are Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Kieran Culkin, Rosemarie DeWitt, Olivia Thirlby, and J. Smith-Cameron as the girl's mother.' J R Jones

Here is the trailer.

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