Has anyone seen this movie in the East Village recently? I thought it was a very good movie and can see why it's on many top 20 lists for 2011. I can also see that the movie was probably not edited for final viewing by the director. I had read that this movie got caught up in litigation due to creative differences between director and Fox Searchlight. Too bad, it should be seen by a larger # of people. Much better than the very overrated "The Decendents", especially the performances.
Amazing film that deserved better from the studio. Happy the critics have gone to bat for it, though. Really powerful and incredibly well-acted. Never thought Anna Paquin had a performance like this in her.
It's also a great New York film, and I think this will become the definitive post-9/11 movie. The Paquin character's slow breakdown as a result of a traumatic event rang really true to me.
I saw Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close not too long before watching this, and boy, what a phony, manipulative piece of crap that movie is compared to Margaret.
Had it received more support, Anna Paquin and Jeannie Berlin would have been contenders for Oscar nominations.
Isn't this the film that was shelved for years for some reason also starring Matt Damon?
R3 agreed. I would say Pacquin would be a lock for a nomination and Berlin and J Cameron considered for supporting nods. Excellent cast.
Why was it shelved?
[quote]Why was it shelved?
I think it was actually completed in 2005 but the director kept changing his mind about how he wanted the final edit to be. It sat on a shelf for around 5 years until Martin Scorsese agreed to help edit the film. It got a quick release in the fall and went to VOD. However, after some incredibly good word of mouth and the movie appearing on a few best of lists for 2011 Sony Pictures Classics decided to launch a Oscar campaign for it and sent out screeners for the movie last week.
I was explaining this movie to a co-worker today after seeing it in the Village last week. I could not believe the depths of my description of events that took place in this movie. Rarely have I found myself looking so deeply into the human emotions and relationships in a movie. For me, that alone tells me how brilliant this movie was. A bit long for sure, but worth it, imo.
I'm watching it right now.
Kenny Lonergan is a maddening person. That's why it sat on a shelf for years.
And did he mention that he's best friends with Matthew Broderick? 700 times?
It's an amazing movie - like nothing I've ever seen. Broderick bailed his friend Lonergan out with the money to finish it.
I am so surprised to see the positive reactions to this film. I watched about 15 minutes and gave up on it--it was awful.