Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Psychodrama, winner of the Directing Award (Dramatic) for first time writer/director Sean Durkin at Sundance 2011, stars Elizabeth Olsen (sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) as a fragile young woman who escapes from a creepy, Manson-like cult and their charismatic leader (John Hawkes).

She takes refuge at the Connecticut home of her estranged, uptight sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson). When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia, Martha starts to believe that the cult is pursuing her, and the line between reality and delusion blur.

Winner of the Directing Award (Dramatic) at Sundance Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: R16, contains violence,sexual violence and offensive language102 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

The largely elliptical script feels a few drafts shy of focus, with the thriller elements undermining the juicier questions of why one joins a cult and how life can go back to normal later.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A stunningly assured, elegantly crafted and profoundly disturbing portrait of a traumatised mind. Rockets Durkin and Olsen to the top of the ‘ones to watch’ pile.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Ambitious and effective, introducing a gifted young actress and a director whose work I'll anticipate.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A film of rough edges and no easy answers, nearly perfect in its imperfection.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Too ambiguous for some tastes, this is grim but clever, insidiously creepy and affecting. And in Olsen and Durkin, it marks the arrival of two exciting talents to watch. It still should be called Mental Sex Cult.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Terrifying.

0

A darkly laid-back examination of displacement and vulnerability, and the attempt to come to terms with traumatic events. The acting, without exception, is excellent, and the seeming authenticity of the cult member's lifestyle and residence is absolutely gripping. It builds it's way ever so gradually to a shattering climactic event followed by a...

4.0
0

Saw this at the NZ Film Festival last night and it blew me away. Have been thinking about it ever since. It's not an easy watch and the subject matter is rather grim, however there are light moments in the dark and the phenomenal direction and performances of the cast, particularly the breathtaking Elizabeth Olsen, are what make this film compelling...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The largely elliptical script feels a few drafts shy of focus, with the thriller elements undermining the juicier questions of why one joins a cult and how life can go back to normal later.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A stunningly assured, elegantly crafted and profoundly disturbing portrait of a traumatised mind. Rockets Durkin and Olsen to the top of the ‘ones to watch’ pile.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A bit too coy, too clever and too diffident to believe in.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Ambitious and effective, introducing a gifted young actress and a director whose work I'll anticipate.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A film of rough edges and no easy answers, nearly perfect in its imperfection.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Too ambiguous for some tastes, this is grim but clever, insidiously creepy and affecting. And in Olsen and Durkin, it marks the arrival of two exciting talents to watch. It still should be called Mental Sex Cult.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Terrifying.

0

A darkly laid-back examination of displacement and vulnerability, and the attempt to come to terms with traumatic events. The acting, without exception, is excellent, and the seeming authenticity of the cult member's lifestyle and residence is absolutely gripping. It builds it's way ever so gradually to a shattering climactic event followed by a...

4.0
0

Saw this at the NZ Film Festival last night and it blew me away. Have been thinking about it ever since. It's not an easy watch and the subject matter is rather grim, however there are light moments in the dark and the phenomenal direction and performances of the cast, particularly the breathtaking Elizabeth Olsen, are what make this film compelling...

5.0
0