Kushner then said that "Margaret" could be the greatest movie he's ever seen about New York, and that the overlapping dialogue element adds to that feeling. "I think the fact that the city is so full of other people and most of the time you don't notice them and one thing she's discovering is she's not the only person in the world," Lonergan said. "I liked the idea of them [the strangers' dialogue] recurring throughout the film. And the shots of windows you're supposed to think about all the things going on behind those windows and after the main characters have left you start to wonder what's going on with them."
There are only a couple of sequences that are wholly new. One is a super-hilarious scene between Paquin and her fellow classmates who are working on a school play. It's really amazing and funny and awkward and incredibly weird and deepens your understanding of Paquin's relationship with the Gallagher Jr. character (visually, too, it's quite different – shot in harsh blue lights). The other major new scene is a sequence where Paquin discovers she's pregnant and discusses with her mother (the great J. Smith-Cameron) about what to do. We actually see Paquin in the doctor's office and on the surgical table and afterwards it greatly changes the dynamic of the sequence where she tells a teacher (played by Matt Damon) that she's had an abortion. In the theatrical version, the line just comes out of the blue and we don't know whether or not she's just fucking with Damon (who had a tryst with Paquin) or if it's actually the case. Now we know that it's real and it gives the scene another dimension. Kushner also posits that the scene brings greater weight to a later scene where Paquin is crying in a lawyer's office, outraged that the MTA won't fire the negligent bus driver, because he feels she is "seeking punishment for herself."
Overall, the new version of "Margaret" is definitely worth watching, especially if you are a passionate member of #teammargaret. We'll have more from our conversation with Lonergan tomorrow. As of today, you can pick up the extended cut of "Margaret" as part of the two-disc Blu-ray edition of the movie (available exclusively through Amazon) and be sure to check out this "8 degrees of 'Margaret' " inforgraphic below.