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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 102 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sean Durkin
  • Written by: Sean Durkin
  • Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy
  • UK release: 3 February 2012

A young woman (Olsen) returns to the house of her sister (Paulson) after two years as a cult member. Olsen is breathtaking, but although Durkin is to be applauded for avoiding melodrama and pat resolutions, the film lacks intensity and could have used a little more narrative meat on its bones.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

1 Feb 20123 stars

Elizabeth Olsen is remarkable in a film weak on intensity and narrative

(15) 102min A young woman making her escape from a Manson-like sex cult sounds like the stuff of a lurid made-for-TV potboiler, but Sean Durkin’s debut eschews melodrama, instead presenting its protagonist’s ordeal in a hushed and gloomy style…

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