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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  21 December 2011 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bartender (as Adam Thompson)
Man in Home #2
Lauren Molina ...
Cult Member
Louisa Braden Johnson ...
Cult Member
Cult Member
Man in Home #1


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)  »

Also Known As:

La fuga di Martha  »

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


$2,981,638 (USA) (3 February 2012)

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Sean Durkin was looking for an unknown actress to play the role of Martha, which was the only role auditions were held for. Elizabeth Olsen auditioned twice for the role of Martha, and had to begin filming only two weeks after winning the part. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Watts: [as Martha runs away] Marcy! Marcy May! Where ya goin'?
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Written by Devon Anderson
Performed by Devon Anderson
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1 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did find the film intriguing and for that I give it 4, but it fell down because of the badly drafted lead character - Martha etc. I kept waiting for her to have some redeeming qualities or in fact any personality at all but she never did. In order to care about her experience we have to like her or identify with her or feel something for her. But I did not warm to her at all. In fact, one positive was that it was so well acted that I found her very annoying.

What we know: 1. Her sister is her only family since her parents are dead. 2. Her sister wished she encouraged her to go to college, therefore she must be at least 18 and more like 20. 3. She joined a commune/cult for 2 years. Thats pretty much it.

So what I was left with was a complete disbelief that someone could have such a poor moral compass and sense of self at aged 18 - and in less than 2 years - they were able to be completely brainwashed into being complicit in some pretty nasty stuff. Yet come away supposedly traumatised by it to the point where they cannot talk about it at all. And because they cannot talk about it... um, nothing much happens. End of film.

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