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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

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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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La fuga di Martha  »

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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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When Marcy/Martha wakes up after freaking out at her sister's party, she is wearing heavy, perfectly applied makeup. Since she had previously had an emotional breakdown, then slept, this is unlikely. See more »

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[first lines]
Watts: [as Martha runs away] Marcy! Marcy May! Where ya goin'?
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.14 (2011) See more »

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A depressing mess...not a psychological thriller.
9 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Call me non artistic or unenlightened...but this is by far the worst movie I have ever seen. I forced myself to sit through 2 hours of flashbacks which were hard to separate from non flashbacks hoping to get an explanation... Perhaps an ending. I got neither....and that was an excruciating two hours. I understand the psychological trauma of abuse and I know this is what the movie revolved around but I did not feel it had a plot even...and definitely no conclusion. It just is not the psychological thriller it was purported to be. It is not a thriller. I can say I hope to see Elizabeth Olsen in a different movie. I think she does have talent and is the reason I didn't just turn it off in the first 15 minutes.


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