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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

best
THE VERY BEST

8.4

movie

United States of America

English

Challenging, Dark, Mind-blowing

2011

Sean Durkin

Adam David Thompson, Brady Corbet, Christopher Abbott

101 min

Synopsis

After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, 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.

Our Take

8.4
Marco Henkel

A very intelligent and nuanced movie that relentlessly asks unpleasant questions. It’s a story about a woman seeking freedom by turning away from her own family and finding something she did not expect. The main character of the movie, Martha, is taken in by a cult and the movie depicts how this experience shapes and warps her life, thoughts and actions. The time she spent with the cult ultimately also shapes her own personality, which raises questions about her identity and the place she now fits in. Every actor is well cast, and especially Elizabeth Olsen (playing Martha) puts on a stand-out performance, which proofs that she is an actor to watch out for in the years to come.

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Cosmicgurl

Enjoyed, especially if you have a fascination with cults.

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