I have done a lot of reading about Margaret while trying to decide whether to blog about the film or skip it in favour of something lighter, but it has slowly intrigued me. Another 'marmite' film, this is either a total masterpiece or two and a half hours you'll never get back!
Margaret is the first Eastbourne Film Society choice of 2013. Written and directed by theatre playwright Kenneth Lonergan, it is a sprawling, meandering tale which has had a difficult journey to the screen. Originally coming in at three hours, the studio insisted on drastic cuts which Lonergan resisted and there has been much antagonism and legal bickering. Eventually Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker stepped in to edit and save the work. Its running time is now 'just' 150 minutes and it has a stellar cast including Anna Paquin, J Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Matt Damon and Matthew Broderick.
New York high school student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) is the unwitting cause of a traffic accident when she distracts a bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) who then runs over a woman on a pedestrian crossing. The woman dies in Lisa's arms. As Lisa struggles to come to terms with her guilt and need to redeem herself, we witness her fraught relationship with her mother (J Smith-Cameron); sexual encounters with a classmate (Kieran Culkin) and then with her maths teacher (Matt Damon); and ultimately her discovery that adult decisions and choices cannot mesh with the simplistic world view of her childhood..
Curzon Cinema, Wed 9th Jan, times TBC.
Tickets £6.80 (£4.80 concessions). Available by calling 01323 731441 (15:00-19:00 daily) or in person at the Box Office.