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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene

A film by Sean Durkin

Movie review

Instantly uncomfortable, Martha Marcy May Marlene is unlike any experience I’ve had at the movies. Elizabeth Olsen has the breakout performance of the year as Martha, a confused young woman who flees her life in a cult and struggles to find her footing again amongst the people she ran from to begin with. The film, which co-stars Winter’s Bone Oscar nominee John Hawkes, is at times both eerily quiet and dishearteningly noisy; it is painfully present but yet also lost in a haze of what is real and what is imagined. The tension first-time feature filmmaker Sean Durkin creates is palpable and his style is distinct and effective. Martha Marcy May Marlene is truly an accomplished piece of filmmaking and simply unforgettable.

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