DVD: Margaret


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Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited follow-up to his 2000 drama You Can Count on Me examines the life of a privileged Manhattan schoolgirl (Anna Paquin) who's involved in a bus crash.

It's a big, serious, intelligent film: in part a compassionate study of metropolitan alienation, in part an acute teen comedy, in part a punchy legal drama. It's also the only movie this year to address the etiquette of shouting "brava" at the end of an opera.