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Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

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Martha has run away from an abusive hippie-like cult where she was living as Marcy May for two years. She turns to her sister and brother-in-law who take her in and want to help her. The problem is Martha is having a hard time separating dreams from reality and when haunting memories of her past keep resurfacing, she may need more help than anyone is able to give her. Written by napierslogs

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21 December 2011 (Sweden)  »

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$137,651 (USA) (21 October 2011)

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$2,981,638 (USA) (3 February 2012)
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There are several references to the work of singer-songwriter, Jackson C. Frank. John Hawkes plays "Marcy's song" in the film, while "Marlene" is played over the credits. It can be assumed that John Hawkes' character, Patrick, fabricated the names Marcy May and Marlene from these songs. See more »

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During Martha's breakdown in the party scene, the bow on her white dress is hanging loose when she is being corralled into the bedroom by Lucy and Ted. In the next shot, the bow is done up again. See more »

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[first lines]
Watts: [as Martha runs away] Marcy! Marcy May! Where ya goin'?
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Did nothing for me!
3 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess that I am just a 'regular guy' not an 'art house guy', because this movie was terrible in my opinion. It started nowhere, it went nowhere, and it took its sweet time in getting there. While a lot of people thought that this was a great film, I am in the other camp. It was a real disappointment. Even popcorn would not help this film experience.

The use of flashback was overdone. The transitioning into flashback was so "smooth" as to be disconcerting and confusing.

Character development was a;most non-existent. The three main characters were "what you see is what you get" from the moment they appeared on the screen.

The Cult characters were a stereo-type of every cult you ever saw in a movie. You knew from the get-go what the leader would be like, and the followers as well.

In summary, I can not recommend this one at all.


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