17-year-old Manhattan student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) can’t get over the death of a woman who’s run over by a bus; she feels guilty because of a quick interaction between her and the bus driver… Kenneth Lonergan’s second film as director was shot in 2005, but delayed for years because of several lawsuits. The editing period became a mess, and this version pleased no one; some of the scenes are abrupt and randomly put together. Never uninteresting, the film has strong performances… but much of it feels aimless.
2011-U.S. 150 min. Color. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Cast: Anna Paquin (Lisa Cohen), J. Smith-Cameron (Joan Cohen), Jean Reno (Ramon Cameron), Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Jeannie Berlin… Allison Janney, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Broderick.
Trivia: Co-produced by Sydney Pollack; co-executive produced by Anthony Minghella. The extended version runs 186 min.