Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene

  • Sean Durkin
  • In English
  • 102 mins

Showing as part of Play It Again

Martha is a damaged young woman attempting to re-connect with her sister and re-establish normality after fleeing from an isolated cult. Her years of life under the watchful eye of the commune’s predatory leader have left Martha haunted by paranoia and painful memories. Cutting between her present life and that from which she’s escaped, the film deftly explores Martha’s emotional and physical entrapment. Elizabeth Olsen gives a standout performance as the vulnerable Martha, and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) is equally powerful in his role as manipulative cult leader.

Staff Review

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More Info

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbett, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson
Country: US
Year: 2011

Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Fri 6th Apr 2012


Right now you probably know Elizabeth Olsen as the younger sister of the tycoon Olsen twins. After you see Martha Marcy May Marlene, you'll know her as an actress of uncommon subtlety and feeling. It's a sensational performance in a gripping psychological thriller, from gifted first-time writer-director Sean Durkin, that reveals its secrets in the silence between words.

Rolling Stone

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