Drama unleashed—finally


Margaret is probably the most provocative, messy, brilliant, frustrating, relentlessly reckless and operatic drama that you've never heard of. Director-writer Kenneth Lonergan made a huge splash with 2000'sYou Can Count on Me, spent two years on the script for Margaret, started shooting in 2005 and then struggled to meet the film's contractual run time of 150 minutes. Now available as a DVD and Blu-ray Disc combination ($39.99, at Amazon.com), the film chronicles the emotional spasms of a Manhattan prep-school girl (Anna Paquin) traumatized by a fatal traffic accident is like saying Noah's Ark is about a flood, so be prepared for a harrowing, lingering roller-coaster ride riddled with unforgettable hot-potato dialogue exchanges. Matt Damon also stars.