Martha Marcy May Marlene
- 102 min
- 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 Marlene1 Feb 2012
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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