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Martha Marcy May Marlene [DVD]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • An escaped cult member experiences paranoia and isolation while attempting to start a new life with her sister's family. Try as Martha may to blend into her new upper middle class surroundings, she can't help but being haunted by nightmares of the time she spent under the control of a malevolent cult leader, or the fear that the group is watching her every move, and awaiting the perfect moment to take their revenge.
  • Credits
    Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Christopher Abbott
  • Critic Reviews
    "[An] impressively self-assured debut feature....Martha is played by Elizabeth Olsen, a very pretty actress whose on-camera presence is at once vivid and interestingly blurred."
    New York Times

    "[A] wonderfully difficult film....An existential thriller about identity and just how tenuous a grasp we have on who we really are."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Olsen's performance is restrained but not tentative; you could say the same for the movie around it."

    4.5 stars out of 5 -- "MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE enters so richly into psychological horror it recalls those disturbing dramatizations of Jonestown that were big on TV in the '80s."
    Box Office

    "[An] undeniably intriguing psychological drama....[Olsen] carries the story with authority, both emotionally and physically." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Without resorting to anything overtly spooky, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE is a truly haunting tale reinforcing the notion that nothing is more terrifying than fear itself."
    USA Today

    3 stars out of 4 -- "Elizabeth Olsen delivers an utterly transfixing turn as the title character of this chilling psychological thriller..."
    Washington Post

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake."
    Rolling Stone

    "MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE harkens back to Pasolini's notion of the cinema of poetry -- and achieves it beautifully."
    Film Comment

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