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Martha Marcy May Marlene

R| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
After several years of living with a cult, Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson), for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy), but the memories of what she experienced in the cult make peace hard to find. As flashbacks continue to torment her, Martha fails to shake a terrible sense of dread, especially in regard to the cult's manipulative leader (John Hawkes).

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Genres: Drama, Thriller

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Release Date: October 21st, 2011|1 hr. 41 min.

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  • It's Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake. show more

  • Moves from its protagonist's dream state to her memories to her waking present in imperceptible shifts - the effect is disorienting, at first, but ingenious. show more

  • Elizabeth Olsen steps onto the radar as a seriously accomplished actor in this mesmerizing drama, which also marks an assured feature debut for writer-director Sean Durkin. show more

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  • January 28, 2013 amy
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    I loved it! Disturbing, but I couldn\'t stop watching and the end was perfect! Elizabeth Olsen is super hot and perfect in this role.

  • May 27, 2012 jm00000000110968
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    Fantastic and real acting. Very refreshing to see. I can\'t say enough about Elizabeth Olsen. She\'s the most promising actress I\'ve seen in a long time and I look forward to seeing what else she does. I agree with the others about the ending. Not thrilled about it for sure. It\'s a very disturbing movie. It fits more into the drama category as far as i\'m concerned. It\'s very emotional and difficult to watch at times due to subject matter. Warning if you are sensitive to rape scenes this is not for you. I am still in awe at the way this movie was done. Very impressive. The kind of movie that lingers with you. It\'s pretty depressing and creepy at the same time. The thing that gets you is really believing this stuff takes place and can happen to your child or someone you know. Very tragic and like I said disturbing but a quality movie none the less.

  • November 24, 2011 mikesmutt
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    This is certainly not a film you\'ll leave with a smile on your face. Interesting material but the ending leaves you wondering why you spent the time. Don\'t waste your money.

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