Anna Paquin

Hollywood doesn’t produce too many movies like this, and when it does, it doesn’t know what to do with them. Lonergan’s long-awaited, troubled follow up to You Can Count On Me is a volcanic, raw, turbulent drama, probably the most ambitious American film of the year.

17 year old Lisa (played by Anna Paquin, of True Blood) is racked with guilt after a woman is killed in a traffic accident (caused by her having inadvertently distracted the bus driver). The story unfolds from here, and is a beautiful journey about coming to grips with the truth, and the quest to make things right.

Matt Damon, Anna Paquet

Filmed in New York City, I felt carried into the bustling city full of life and street scenes. The film does take nearly two and a half hours, but it’s really worth the time invested.

I won’t give away too much of the film, but Paquin really shines in this role, so well developed and directed by Kenneth Lonegan. The rest of the cast comes along for the descent into her relatively normal adolescent life turned upside down, together with coming of age angst and teen rebellion.

Scene from Margaret

Cast: Anna Paquin, J Smith Cameron, Jean Reno, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Damon, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Jeannie Berlin, Kieran Culkin. To view a trailer of the film, click here.

Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Dates: January 1-5, 2011
Tickets: $11 Adults, $9 students and seniors, $9 for Cinephile Members and $7 for Premium members. For more information on becoming either a Cinephile or a Premium member, visit the VIFF membership page online.

Tickets can be purchased either online in advance or in person 30 minutes before showtime.

Photos courtesy of Vancity Theatre.

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