Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene

DVD - 2011
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After escaping from a dangerous cult and the watchful eye of its charismatic leader, a young woman named Martha tries to reclaim a normal life with her family. But the haunting memories from Martha's past trigger a chilling paranoia, and nowhere seems safe as the fragile line between her reality and delusions begin to blur.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Jun 25, 2017

This movie was a bit avant garde for me. Horrible ending. There wasn't enough character development. Way too much time wasted on shots of scenery when there could have been dialogue to explain how she ended up in a cult or why she ran away or why she was estranged from her sister.

Nov 29, 2015

After reading the comments of others who have watched this movie I wish I had been more interested in this movie. I did not watch all of it. Perhaps I will try to watch it a second time.

Dec 31, 2014

After running away from a backwoods cult in upper New York state twenty-something Martha, tight-lipped and badly damaged, moves in with her sister and wealthy brother-in-law at their sprawling lakeside cottage. At first content to be away from the sinister mind-controlling influences of “the family” and it’s madly charismatic leader, Martha soon realizes that simply putting miles between her and them is not going to be enough as traumatic memories begin surfacing unbidden and the cult’s warped philosophy continues to cloud her own perceptions of reality. Puzzled by her younger sister’s bizarre behaviour Lucy and husband Ted try to make sense of Martha’s mood swings and odd conversational twists (there is an unspoken history between the sisters) until a series of violent outbursts prompts more drastic action. Sean Durkin’s remarkably controlled film tracing the disintegration of one young woman’s psyche plays out like a waking nightmare laced with paranoia and confusion. Jumping back and forth in time, and occasionally superimposing different timelines on top of each other, he gives us cause to question our own perceptions of what is really happening right up to the film’s darkly ambivalent final scenes; are these memories, delusions, or both? Aided by dreamlike cinematography and solid performances his story creeps under your skin and stays there after the houselights come up.

JasonAT Nov 15, 2014

The Acting is so powerful in this movie. I was Floored by the performances.

Nov 14, 2014

A cult sucks Martha into joining their little group, but after two years she escapes because of the nasty things that are going on. Her family doesn't know where she has spent those two years, but they slowly determine that Martha basically no longer remembers what it means to be a normal human. The film gets so horrible and dangerous, that the audience is relieved that they can leave, unlike those whose minds have been terribly damaged by the cult trauma.

Jun 24, 2014

Elizabeth Olsen was a true Beauty in this one. Via " Old Boy " my favorite so far with her in it.

Jan 17, 2014

John Hawkes is very creepy in this. The commune is a lot like the Manson family - similarity intended, no doubt.

Dec 10, 2013

Super under my skin. Great acting. Have to suspend disbelief and no Hollywood formula movie for sure, but still satisfying I thought.

larrybmovie Sep 26, 2013

Dumb, dumb dumb. This is one of those movies where the director thinks if he leaves out all the important information (or even an ending), people will think it's "deep." Like, for instance, how old is this girl? 17? 22? 1? How did she wind up in the cult? (Spoiler!) Why did she leave? I assumed it was because she had a problem with murder. But then why didn't she tell anybody? And why'd she call them up. And how come nobody just sat her down and said you're just too weird. Where have you been for the last two years? This was a waste of my time. Don't waste yours.

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