Margaret

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Margaret, the shorter, theatrical release was streaming on Netflix a few years ago. I remember watching it then and enjoying it, especially Anna Paquin’s performance, but it wasn’t a particularly memorable film for me. Recently, I saw a screening of the longer cut at the Metrograph with Kenneth Lonegran and J. Smith-Cameron in attendance. Nary a 3-hour film feels this short, and urgent, with such locomotion even though there’s really only one action sequence near the beginning.

Here’s an incomplete list of things that make this film a masterpiece:

Overall, this film deserves the credit it has received among critics. It deserves to be seen in this longer, more demanding, but also more rewarding cut. And Lonegran deserves to be counted among a list of film-makers who have imagined, written and created masterpieces on screen.