Martha Marcy May Marlene 2011

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Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Starring:
Louisa Krause, Brady Corbet
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DVD

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Louisa Krause, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen
Director T. Sean Durkin
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 25 June 2012
Main languages English

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By haunted on 20 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2012
Format: DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lorna on 29 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Z on 5 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
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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