Saturday, November 5, 2011


Martha Marcy May Marlene - an affecting powerful movie slowly revealing how a cult with a strong leader (the terrifically freaky John Hawkes) manipulates vulnerable women - the film focusing on one Martha who the leader renames Marcy May ( with an excellent performance by Elizabeth Olsen) through insidious psychological blather about family, love and "being all that you can be 'talk. The cult ensnares the lost and fragile into its web and the film shows their daily lives with its rewards of communal life and the bitter price that the members pay. This is contrasted with the "normal" life of the heroine's sister, who Martha flees to when she tries to escape the group...but she is unable to escape their psychological pull on her. Martha has re-learned how to navigate the world and it is at odds with the conventions of that world.

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