Martha Marcy May Marlene [Blu-ray]
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From here the film is divided into two narratives, one chronicling Martha's ordeal in the Manson-like collective and the other detailing her return to polite society at her sister's place. We learn from the former narrative that the cult takes in runaways and is overseen by a charismatic leader, Patrick, played by John Hawkes. While the cult members bandy about pseudo-New Wave jargon, we hear talk of energies, the specific philosophy of the cult remains vague. As one might expect, Patrick has intimate access to most of the women, as do the other men on the compound, to varying degrees. The cult members share duties taking care of children and tending to a garden, and they hope one day to go fully off the grid.
The second narrative follows Martha as she attempts to reconnect with her sister Lucy and return to normalcy. For Martha, the lake house is an even more foreign world than the cult. She still plays by the rules set up for her by Patrick.Read more ›
This 2011 indie thriller marks the debut of writer/director Sean Durkin who has fashioned a quiet, powerful psychological drama that introduces the world to a terrific new actress. Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of two very famous twins, turns in a bold, Oscar-caliber piece of acting that allows her to successfully break from the stigma of having world-famous siblings. She's a remarkable talent and establishes her own niche as an actress, becoming a star on her own terms. The film is strong on its own merits, but, once you've seen it, it's hard to forget Olsen and even easier to forget her famous sisters.
This is a terrific debut for Durkin. Labeled as a thriller, it moves in a low-key fashion that doesn't go for easy "thrills" and instead opts for a deeply unsettling tone. The story, which uses shifting timelines in an intentionally disorienting way, never clues you in to where it's heading, but holds your attention rapt getting there.Read more ›
Martha is renamed "Marcy May" upon her arrival with new friend Zoe (Louisa Krause). Patrick (John Hawkes) heads-up this communal cult and is overly quick to take over the new Marcy May after his renaming of her. They are located in the Catskill Mountain area in a very dense wooded area. As is typical with cults, the women remain subservient to the men and are made to have sex with Patrick. In this particular cult, the women are made available to the other male members also. Patrick is quite a haunting persona with a likeness to another cult leader of repugnant reputation. The activities and violence of this group are also reminiscent of that horrific sect. It provoked those heart pounding memories for me while frightening me all the more.
Martha is able to escape into the trees for her cover during the early morning hours, then taking off and running for her life. She begins to be chased by a fellow member, although eventually gets herself through the woods and into a small town.Read more ›
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Stunning performance by Elizabeth Olsen, but the end was quite abrupt and left EVERYTHING up to interpretation to the viewer. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Will Strohl
I like independent films and so I saw Martha Marcy May Marlene in the theatre. It is a film full of beautiful camera work and characters I couldn't care less about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blue Coronet
I really expected to love this film after reading the glowing reviews. I wanted to see it for several years and it was a disappointment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tennis Nut
Poor Elizabeth Olsen. First this then Silent House. Always playing a rape victim. Boring. This ones so boring i fell asleep 3 times in one viewing.Published 2 months ago by jim c faust jr
Suspensful. Intriging. I actually love this movie. The lead actress and Sarah Paulson were amazing.Published 2 months ago by prismaticolor
Very expected on what is happening movie. Ending was a disappointment.Published 2 months ago by sassy