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Sean Durkin (written by)
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Release Date:
21 December 2011 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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22 wins & 58 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Elizabeth Olsen ... Martha

Christopher Abbott ... Max

Brady Corbet ... Watts

Hugh Dancy ... Ted

Maria Dizzia ... Katie

Julia Garner ... Sarah

John Hawkes ... Patrick

Louisa Krause ... Zoe

Sarah Paulson ... Lucy

Adam David Thompson ... Bartender (as Adam Thompson)

Allen McCullough ... Man in Home #2

Lauren Molina ... Cult Member
Louisa Braden Johnson ... Cult Member

Tobias Segal ... Cult Member

Gregg Burton ... Man in Home #1
Barbara Aragon ... Extra
Donald E. Benjamin ... Extra
Stacie A. Blaut ... Extra
Carole L. Brookman ... Extra
Heather Boyd ... Extra
Ellie Brooks ... Extra
Richard S. Clark Jr. ... Extra
Sal Crescitelli ... Extra
Josephine E. DeSimone ... Extra
Jarret Featherbay ... Extra
Jill Halpern Steingart ... Extra
Jonathan Huppke ... Extra
Louis H. Jawitz ... Extra
Fred A. Kahn ... Extra

Heather M. Kayal ... Extra (as Heather M. Kayak)
Jin Kyung Kim ... Extra
Ava K. Levy-Lynn ... Extra
Franco C. Lisacchi ... Extra
Nancy I. Mahoney ... Extra
Joanne McDonough ... Extra
John F. McDonough ... Extra
James P. Minoux ... Extra
Annette Nazari ... Extra
J. Clifford Noonan ... Extra
Claire Payevsky ... Extra
Dalton Powell ... Extra
Jackson Powell ... Extra
Peyton Powell ... Extra
Samantha Powell ... Extra
Christopher Roe ... Extra
Aziza O. Simpkins ... Extra
Judith M. Skordinski ... Extra
Jessica K. Smith ... Extra
Beth Stephens ... Extra
Jot Stephens ... Extra
Jennifer L. Vega ... Extra
Rahmel Thomas Walker ... Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Chmiel ... Scruffy Man (uncredited)

Diana Masi ... Cult Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean Durkin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sean Durkin  written by

Produced by
Antonio Campos .... producer
Andrew Corkin .... co-producer (as Andrew D. Corkin)
Patrick Cunningham .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Saemi Kim .... executive producer
Saerom Kim .... executive producer
Chris Maybach .... producer
Josh Mond .... producer
Matt Palmieri .... executive producer
Brett Potter .... associate producer
Melody C. Roscher .... line producer (as Melody Roscher)
Alexander Schepsman .... executive producer
Brian Zeilinger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Bensi 
Saunder Jurriaans 
 
Cinematography by
Jody Lee Lipes 
 
Film Editing by
Zachary Stuart-Pontier  (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
 
Casting by
Randi Glass 
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Production Design by
Chad Keith 
 
Art Direction by
Jonathan Guggenheim 
 
Costume Design by
David Tabbert 
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Kelleher .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Garrett P. Fennelly .... unit production manager (as Garrett Fennelly)
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ramona Adair .... second assistant director
Tomas Deckaj .... first assistant director
Anne Marie Dentici .... second assistant director
Michele Erdman .... second second assistant director
Zachary Stuart-Pontier .... second unit director (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
 
Art Department
Shawn Annabel .... property master
Yvette Granata .... set dresser
Esther Kim .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Micah Bloomberg .... production sound mixer
John Chiarolanzio .... assistant sound editor (as John Chirarolanzio)
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Tecson .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chad Hessler .... stunt double: Hugh Dancy
Abby Nelson .... stunt double: Elizabeth Olsen
Kevin Rogers .... stunt double: Brady Corbet
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator (as Tony Vincent)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... gaffer (as Josh Allen)
Joe Anderson .... director of photography: second unit
Joe Anderson .... first assistant camera
Noah Chamis .... camera production assistant
Destin Douglas .... second assistant camera
Alexander Engel .... key grip
Josh Fordham .... best boy grip
David Gettens .... electric production assistant
Sarah Guenther .... underwater camera operator
Drew Innis .... still photographer
David Kavanaugh .... best boy electric
Burton May .... grip production assistant
Jeff Peixoto .... second assistant camera
Greta Zozula .... camera loader
Gustavo Brum .... epk cinematographer (uncredited)
Dave Han .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Tim Van Horn .... animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dominic Andolina .... wardrobe assistant
Dorothy Barangan .... wardrobe assistant
Blake Glover .... assistant costume designer
Leslie Paddoll .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Amalia Bradstreet .... post-production assistant
Don Ciana .... color timer
Sam Daley .... colorist: dailies
Sam Daley .... digital intermediate colorist
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate account executive
Eric Leverenz .... digital imaging
D.C. Marcial .... assistant editor (as Dean C. Marcial)
Patrick McGuinn .... dailies project manager
Phil McLennan .... laboratory production manager
Bernadette Nieves .... film recording producer
Patrick Rossi .... film recording
Misako Shimizu .... assistant editor
Alessandro Soares .... film recording
Andrew Still .... digital intermediate data manager
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stephanie Clough .... chef assistant
Will Corkin .... production assistant
Amy Crowdis .... production coordinator
Grant Curatola .... location manager
Brendan Donohue .... production assistant
Pete Donohue .... production assistant (as Peter Donohue)
John William Donovan Corkin .... production assistant
Scott Helgert .... stand-in
Martin Jones .... legal services: Pryor Cashman
Zorinah Juan .... script supervisor
Wilder W. Knight II .... legal services: Pryor Cashman (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Katie Kramer .... key production assistant
Julianne Maiello .... assistant chef
Junior Mitil .... film runner (as Junior Mitel)
Matthew Snetzko .... production assistant
Lloyd Steele .... legal services: Pryor Cashman
Josh Stern .... assistant: Ted Hope
Peter Van Hyning .... chef assistant
Lee Walker .... production assistant
Amber Zeglen .... chef
Ian M. Stratford .... financial counsel (uncredited)
David Tecson .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joan Darling .... special thanks
D.V. DeVincentis .... thanks
Raúl Esparza .... special thanks
Scott Frank .... thanks
Rose Ganguzza .... special thanks
John Gatins .... thanks
Gyula Gazdag .... special thanks
Lesli Linka Glatter .... special thanks
Ed Harris .... special thanks
Michael Hoffman .... thanks
Henry Joost .... thanks
Drew Kuhse .... thanks
Richard LaGravenese .... thanks
Doug McGrath .... special thanks
James Rasin .... thanks
Robert Redford .... special thanks
Ira Sachs .... thanks
Ariel Schulman .... thanks
Yaniv Schulman .... thanks (as Nev Schulman)
Brad Silberling .... special thanks
Dana Stevens .... thanks
Joan Tewkesbury .... special thanks
Alesia Weston .... thanks
Ben Younger .... thanks
Craig Zobel .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
102 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Austria:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46820)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson invented together some background for the sisters' relationship. So every scene when they talked about their past, although it's vague on the script and for the viewer, Olsen and Paulson knew exactly what Martha and Lucy are talking about.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Watts:[as Martha runs away] Marcy! Marcy May! Where ya goin'?
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What does "Marlene" in the title refer to?
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104 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
What's wrong with you?, 26 August 2011
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. This one has been on my radar since the Sundance Festival and all the raves about Elizabeth Olsen's performance. After attending a screening last evening, I find myself at a loss to adequately describe not just her stunning turn, but also this unusual film from writer/director Sean Durkin.

On the surface, this sounds like just another movie peeking inside a creepy cult that brainwashes, and psychologically and physically abuses women, and is led by a charismatic (and creepy) religious style figure-head. There are many similarities to the Manson-family story of which much has been published, but Mr. Durkin takes the film in a much different and very creative direction by concentrating on what happens to Martha (Olsen) after she escapes the cult.

In the Q&A, Durkin states he did much research and found the most fascinating story to be that of a cult escapee and what she went through during her first three weeks of freedom. Martha sneaks out early one morning and places a panic call to her older sister, whom she hasn't communicated with in two years. Settling in to the lake house with big sis and new brother-in-law, it becomes quite obvious that Martha doesn't know how to fit in society and has absolutely no interest in discussing her recent past.

The sister is played very well by Sarah Paulson, and her husband is Hugh Dancy (so very good in Adam). This seemingly normal yuppie couple is trying to do right by Martha, but the fits of paranoia, outbursts of anger, and societal goofs are just too much for them.

The genius of this film is in the story telling. The cinematic toggling between today and moments of time at the cult farm house leads the viewer right into the confused mind of Martha. We don't get much back story but it's obvious she was "ripe" for cult world when she was chosen. We see how Patrick, the quietly charismatic leader, sings her a song and steals her heart ... she wants so much to belong. We also see how she bonds with the other women at the farm house, and ends up in a situation that seems to snap her out just enough so she finds the strength to leave. The editing of scenes between these two worlds in outstanding and serve to keep the viewer glued to the screen.

Last year I raved about an independent film called Winter's Bone. I chose it as one of the year's best and it ended with some industry award recognition. I am not willing to say this film is quite at that level, but I will say that the younger sister of the Olsen twins, Elizabeth, delivers an incredible first feature film performance and Sean Durkin deserves an audience for his first feature film as writer/director. Another bond between the two indies is that John Hawkes plays the cult leader Patrick, and Hawkes was a standout in Winter's Bone.

There will undoubtedly be some debate about whether this is cutting edge independent filmmaking or just another snooty art-house mind-messer. All I can say is, I hope the film grabs enough audience for the debate to matter ... it deserves it.

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