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Creative Differences Over ‘Margaret’

“If more time passes, what was once a contemporary drama could soon become a period piece.” Los Angeles Times John Horn has answered the burning question: what is the fate and state of Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret.

“If more time passes, what was once a contemporary drama could soon become a period piece.” Los Angeles Times John Horn has answered the burning question: what is the fate and state of Kenneth Lonergan‘s Margaret.

An awkward drama about sibling rivalry, when Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me debuted back in 2000, the Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney combination was such a tour de force that it would pave the way for Lonergan to receive full creative control for his next picture – this time about a New York teenager, her actress mother and the girl who tries to make amends for her complicity in a terrible traffic accident.

Despite a final cut, producers acting as supporters, more money thrown into the post-production of the film, and even Martin Scorsese loaning out Thelma Schoonmaker, Lonergan has managed to extend the film into post-prod hell with accompanying lawsuits. The bad news for us is that – at this point Fox Searchlight probably doesn’t give a sh*t whether the film ever gets released. 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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