This award season brings us the fascinating film Margaret directed by Kenneth Lonergan. The film is unique because it was filmed back in 2005 and it features an 17 year old Anna Paquin. The film was supposed to be Lonergan’s follow up to his critically acclaimed film You Can Count On Me. Six years later the film is finally receiving a limited release.
And the reason for the delay? It appears, according to court documents, that Kenneth Lonergan was unable to come up with a cut of the film he was satisfied with. Apparently, he was crippled by his need for perfection. He even received feedback from Sydney Pollack and Thelma Schoonmaker but was still unable to satisfy his artistic vision. Since Kenneth Lonergan had final cut of the film, the studio sat helpless as time passed. Eventually the case went to court.
Which brings us to now. Finally… it appears that Lonergan is now satisfied enough to release Margaret to theatres…in limited release.
Based on the trailer it looks like the film might recive some award season buzz. Some dramatic and interesting elements are at play, as well as an all-star cast.
Margaret stars Anna Paquin, J. Smith Cameron, Jean Reno, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon. The film is written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan . Margaret is scheduled for release on September 30, 2011.
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.