NZ Woman's Weekly

Margaret

Rated R16.

Kiwi actress Anna Paquin was just 23 when she shot Margaret, although legal and editing issues have delayed its release for more than six years. This two-and-a-half-hour whopper, which also stars Matt Damon, follows Lisa, a high school student who causes a fatal traffic accident.

The character dynamics here are hauntingly real – the fractured relationship between Lisa and her mother and her Lolita-like bond with her male teachers are well played by Anna. But the film is too long and pretentious, with an overload of literary references and a grating soundtrack.

Rating: 2/5

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