Martha Marcy May Marlene details
|Formats:||15 DVD, TBC Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Brady Corbet, Louisa Krause|
|Director:||T. Sean Durkin|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Original title||Martha Marcy May Marlene|
Martha Marcy May Marlene
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||25 Jun 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
A creepy Indie drama that delivers a star in the making; Elizabeth Olsen deserved an Oscar-nod for her spellbinding performance.
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A well acted, well directed film that offers few clues and even fewer answers.By Tarumatu (40 reviews) from Brighton, England , 16 Feb 2012
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[Highly rated reviewer]Events are unclear from the start of Martha Martha Marcy May Marlene, the debut from director Sean Durkin. Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) escapes from a cult and returns to the only member of family she has left, her elder sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson).
Lucy has not seen Martha in around 2 years, she instantly knows something is wrong but knows she cant push it. Its obvious that Lucy knows her younger sister well, but we dont really know what their relationship is like together. Martha is clearly plagued by something or someone, and the story slowly starts to take shape through flashbacks of Marthas time in the cult as well as her time with Lucy and her husband Ted (Hugh Dancy). The more paranoid Martha becomes, the more we learn about her past ordeals. Excellent camerawork and editing helps to build a mirrored transitional structure, one half of Marthas immediate past, one half her immediate present. At times, Martha cant tell the difference between her old and new environment, and nor do we.
The chief protagonist in Marthas suffering is Patrick, played by John Hawkes. Similar to his Teardrop in Winters Bone, Patrick is even more chillingly charming and persuasive as the cult leader. One of the many creepy emotional techniques used by Patrick was to rename all the women in the cult, Marcy May in Marthas case, as a way of establishing psychological ownership. If ever the phrase never trust the quiet ones was meant for anyone, Patrick owns it hands down.
Everything is broken, Martha is broken. Martha may be safer in her sisters home but she doesnt feel it. Lucys presence offer little reward for Martha, its just another form of confusion and fear. Martha is a complex and often annoying person, not an easy person to sympathise with. But its too easy for us to say to her to grow up, get a job, have a relationship, be a good person, be all the things her sister is. No matter what she does she cannot escape herself. We know so little about her, she could have been traumatised all her life, who knows if her experience within the cult was even real?
Martha Martha Marcy May Marlene is not an easy film to watch, because Martha cant find the answers, and nobody can really help her. As good as some of the acting is and as well directed, Martha Martha Marcy May Marlene is perhaps just a little too disconnected to completely engage you.
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Copy of Manson FamilyBy a customer , 11 Oct 2013Boring and enough said about the ending the better but I was glad of this as it felt like it would never end
Don't bother!By Sootyzak (2 reviews) , 08 Oct 2013Hmmmm.....where to start! I read the other reviews and thought this would be a good film....WRONG!!!! When it finished (in a weird, non-ending way) the first thing I thought was what a waste of an evening! Obviously you can make up your own mind but I thought it was out and out rubbish from start to (very stupid!) end.
Harmful in its oversimplificationBy a customer , 20 Sep 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe film addresses complex and deep issues in a light and simplistic way that neither informs nor enlightens the viewer on the true nature of exploitative cults or the damaging effects they can have on an individual's psych. It over simplifies by painting a simple black and white 'perpetrator-victim' picture, where the only hope for the traumatised victim is to be committed into a psychiatric institution.
Tediously slow yet ends prematurelyBy mj55 (171 reviews) , 30 Jul 2013Despite it's 97 min runtime I found myself looking at how long this had to run several times during the viewing. It is tediously slow and not a lot happens. And yet I felt it ended prematurely, with me not much wiser and feeling it could have been so much more. Undoubtedly well acted but story light.
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Well worth the wait!By JustInTime (3 reviews) , 15 Jul 2013Very enjoyable film, as I knew it would be when first released, and was a reasonable running time, considering the plot. Elizabeth Olsen plays her part convincingly and the parallel time from past to present moves at just the right pace, so you're not left guessing too much, which I think can be annoying. The scenic shots of the lakehouse/woods are beautiful. If you like dark storylines that are handled as subtly as possible then this film is for you.