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Kenneth Lonergan's Unconventional MARGARET Gets A Somewhat Conventional Trailer...

 

Beaks here...

It seemed like this day would never come, but after an unusually lengthy postproduction period, Kenneth Lonergan's MARGARET is finally hitting theaters on September 30th. And now, six years after the film went before cameras, we have a theatrical trailer to nitpick! It's available at Apple's trailer page, but here's an embed for those who can't bear to leave this page.

 

 

Confused? Don't blame you. Though the trailer gets across the basic narrative, there's much more to the story than what's being shown here - and what makes it special isn't the kind of thing that pops in a two-minute piece of marketing. This was always going to be a tough sell.

I hope Fox Searchlight does something in the way of a press day for MARGARET between now and September 30th, as I'm curious to hear Lonergan's thoughts on what was reportedly a difficult editorial process. I just hope he's happy with this cut (which is 149 minutes long; he had final cut up to 150 minutes), and that the film is as masterful as the script. Regardless, this is Lonergan's first movie in eleven years (since the superb YOU CAN COUNT ON ME), and should be considered a must-see.

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