Martha Marcy May Marlene
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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 many 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.Read more ›
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With such interesting subject matter, I was excited to order and watch this movie. I was severely disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by melissa ellis
Great acting, interesting story. Diverting way to spend an evening.Published 1 month ago by Heidi L. Lehrman
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to... Read more
I really liked this, and I have to say it is one of the creepiest films I've ever seen. In the end, it's about a deeply disturbed young woman. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mac
- saw a third of it; couldn't get through it - too painful ! But I will one day -Published 4 months ago by Terence Donovan