"Margaret," as we know it, is a sprawling, occasionally frustrating drama about a feisty, hyper-intelligent young girl named Lisa (played by Anna Paquin, before she moved to Bon Temps) and the aftermath of a bus accident she is partially responsible for. "Novelistic" would be a good way to describe it, and it was unlike anything that came out last year – a deeply emotional, beautifully realized marathon of a movie.
Interestingly, the major difference between this extended cut and the version that was shown (ever-so-briefly) in theaters last fall isn't so much the content but the way that it sounds. To explain: in this new version, dialogue from our principle characters is often loudly interrupted by conversations by passersby or strangers. Sometimes this works incredibly well – there's an amazing shot that pans across the windows of several of Anna Paquin's neighbors, where we hear snippets of conversations in each one. When we finally settle in on Paquin's room, where she's talking with a school chum, that conversation is occasionally interrupted by the conversations that we had just heard. Another, wholly new scene in the movie, set in a restaurant, features Paquin talking to her buddy (Gallagher Jr.) about why they shouldn't date and for much of the scene we're listening into the conversation of two elderly women at the booth right next to theirs. It's fascinating and often doesn't make total sense (in any kind of physical reality these conversations shouldn't carry like they do) and much of the time is undone by what seems to be hasty ADR (the sound mix is often unintentionally wonky – but then again we can't imagine anyone spending any extra money on the extended version).