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Martha Marcy May Marlene [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Elizabeth Olsen , Sarah Paulson , Sean Durkin    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Brady Corbet
  • Directors: Sean Durkin
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Martha Marcy May Marlene creates a sense of uneasy suspense within seconds of coming on screen: a young woman, who will be known by all the title names at various times in the movie, is escaping from a rural commune of some sort. And not just a commune, but by the looks of it, a cult--an impression that will grow as Martha flashes back to her experiences once she reaches the safety of her sister's antiseptic country place. It is part of director Sean Durkin's design that we experience the film as Martha's point of view, which means there may be some question about whether she's an emotionally unstable person to begin with or simply in a legitimate terror about the traumatising events that have unfolded for her in recent months. Although the film has one storytelling contrivance (Martha withholds her experiences from her sister, when a little exposition would help matters tremendously), in general Durkin keeps a lid on this simmering situation, and he's got a good compositional eye that only occasionally tips over into preciousness. Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy play Martha's complacent but concerned sister and brother-in-law, and John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) is a spellbinder as the commune leader, a manipulator of subtle skill. (With some stories like this, you have a hard time believing cult followers could fall for these creepy charismatics; in this one, Hawkes demonstrates how such things might happen.) The movie's most unexpected and alluring touch is the performance by Elizabeth Olsen, as Martha; this younger sister of the child-star Olsen twins brings a zonked-out centre of gravity to the part. She's got just a bit of blankness, too, which enhances the movie's well-wrought guessing game. --Robert Horton

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Martha Marcy May Marlene is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unravelling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha's reality and delusion begins to blur.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, but left me disappointed. 29 Nov 2012
By Lorna
I was really looking forward to this film. I'm a huge fan of indie films, the reviews I read were excellent & I was interested to see what Lizzie Olsen could do. Sadly, I came away wanting more than I was given.
Olsen, incidentally was fantastic. She was spellbinding & you can see her character falling apart as the film goes on. Even though she has escaped from the cult, you can see she has been brainwashed by the things she says & does. It's quite disturbing watching Martha try to integrate herself back into "normal" society as she deals with increasing paranoia the cult are watching her. The other characters were a bit less fantastic.
I felt there was no real depth; I would have liked more background, how she came to enter the cult isn't fully explained & this bothered me all the way through. It's quite disturbing & hard to watch in places but worth watching for Olsen's performance, which I felt made this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No easy answers but a palpable feeling of menace 20 Mar 2012
By haunted
It's hard to know what to make of this movie but having watched it I find myself thinking about it a lot, even if I'm just trying to make sense of it!

Elizabeth Olsen plays a young woman who escapes from a cult and goes to live with her sister and her husband in their idyllic country holiday home. However it is far from living happily ever after as the women clearly have serious issues in their relationship. We also see flashbacks of what life was like for Martha in the cult, which was led by a Charles Manson type figure. These show some startling practices that were treated as normal in the cult.

Martha has clearly been deeply traumatised by what she has experienced and demonstrates this with growing paranoia and mistrust. Her sister and brother in law struggle to cope with increasingly strange behaviour. The constant switching between time periods confuses the viewer so that we start to share in Martha's confusion about her identity (demonstrated by the title of the movie).

The movie moves slowly towards its conclusion with an increasing sense of menace as we see what the cult was capable of but be warned, the ending has no easy answers.

A lot of people will find this movie deeply unsatisfying and that is quite understandable as the director seems to go out of his way, at times, to confuse the viewer. The ending, in particular, is ambiguous. However it is very well made and has as its core a great performance from Olsen as the beautiful but psychologically damaged title character. Some scenes and lines will certainly stay with you for a while after seeing the movie.

Whether that is a good thing or not will be for you to judge!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars once only 5 Jan 2013
I wanted to see Martha Marcy May Marlene, after hearing Mark Kermode choosing it as one of his 12 best films of 2012, on Radio5Live.
I can see how it it being fairly unique, and not very derivative of many other movies could appeal to film-buffs.
It stars Elizabeth Olsen, who is on screen almost throughout, as an escapee from a sinister cult, led by a man called Patrick (John Hawkes).
We know nothing of her life before her two years with them, except that her sister is her only living family. She moves in with her sister, and her husband, at their lakeside holiday home.
Through multiple flashbacks we learn of some of the traumas that she's endured, and there's almost no story, except of her mental decline, as she and we try to figure out what's real and what's not.
It's faintly Ingmar Bergman-esque, and a few of the scenes slightly reminded me of The Strangers (2008).

It could have been both more suspenseful and less vaguely ambiguous, and there's little to enjoy in it, other than occasional unintentionally funny bits of dialogue.
However it's encouraging that funding can still be found for some Hollywood movies that are interestingly different.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Culture Clash 4 April 2012
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
The combination of names "Martha", "Marcy May" and "Marlene" reflects the "different faces" and mental confusion of Martha, a young woman who has drifted into life in a cultish commune in the remote Catskill Mountains. Will we ever learn how or why? The film begins with her escape from the community to take refuge with her conventionally middle-class, materialistic sister and her new husband.

The film is unusual in cutting continually back and forth between her life with her sister, in which Martha becomes increasingly more withdrawn and disturbed, and the two years spent in the commune, under the influence of the charismatic but at times menacing, possibly psychotic Patrick, who reminded me of tales of Charles Manson. You need to concentrate hard, not only because of the fragmented storyline, but also owing to the "naturalistic" filming technique, in which people often mumble as in real life, take part in normal, mundane activities and drift across the hand-held lens, perhaps appearing fleetingly at one edge of the screen. Occasional acts of violence erupt suddenly. At times, it has something of the "amateurish" visual quality of "The Blair Witch Project". Much is implied and little specifically stated.

Martha's problems of adapting to "normal life" are portrayed well, together with her relatives' predictable reaction, as when she bathes naked in the lake because that was what she did at the commune. The clash in their values is made clear. One's perception of the commune gradually darkens. At first, it just seems a throwback to pre-female equality days, as we see the women waiting to eat after the men, or the former selecting clothes off a communal rack.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like watching paint dry!!
I won't write a essay of a review I will keep it simple just like the film!

So my personal opinion is that I wasted a hour and a hour of my life on this film, top and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Martha Marcy May Marlene
I really enjoyed this film because of the performances by Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes. As for the film itself, i don't think it is actually that good. Read more
Published 10 days ago by dozza
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull Dull Dull
I am a film lover and always try to find a redeeming feature. This film had the premise and plot to create something truly interesting but instead fell incredibly short. Read more
Published 11 days ago by S. Duffell
4.0 out of 5 stars A cerebral thrill-ride
Disorienting. Confusing. Heartbreaking. A film not to be missed, this brainy indie thriller leave you with an unsettling chill for several days.
Published 15 days ago by J. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible script and actors
The story goes nowhere, it's hard to believe in this plot. The actors are miserable as the director. Boring, long film
Published 15 days ago by gabimourato
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
An excellent debut by Sean Durkin. It is remarkably well directed and features incredible performances from all of the cast.
Published 16 days ago by Ali
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
All the actors are brilliant, the idea is awesome...but the execution is poor. Often scenes switch so quickly that you can't tell he time line. Read more
Published 17 days ago by raven_guest
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever
Had to watch it thru to the end in case it improved. My teenage daughter got angry it was so bad.
Published 1 month ago by Whitefish
2.0 out of 5 stars Martha Marcy May Marlene [DVD] [2011
I bought this because I like unusual films, and had read some good reviews in the papers about this film. However I found this film a bit weird, and quite depressing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. Marcou
4.0 out of 5 stars Vision or waking dream?
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Published 4 months ago by technoguy
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