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Sean Durkin (written by)
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Release Date:
21 December 2011 (Sweden) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Should be retitled "A Star is Born" See more (172 total) »

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

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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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Watts:[as Martha runs away] Marcy! Marcy May! Where ya goin'?
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55 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
Should be retitled "A Star is Born", 24 September 2011
Author: DonFishies from Canada

Moments after the credits began, I knew Elizabeth Olsen was destined for the Oscar red carpet for her work in Martha Marcy May Marlene. It was a quiet thriller I knew very little about content wise before hand, but knew all about the acclaim it has received since premiering at Sundance and Cannes earlier this year. When it came to the Toronto International Film Festival, it was one of the first films I clamoured for tickets for. And now I know why.

Martha (Olsen) has fled an abusive cult lead by Patrick (John Hawkes). After years of being off-the-grid, she calls her estranged sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) to pick her up from a bus shelter. Lucy brings her to the lakeside cottage she shares with her new husband Ted (Hugh Dancy), where they are to spend some much needed time away from their lives in the city. But as Martha tries to adjust back to a normal life, she is continually haunted by the memories of her life in the cult.

I was initially underwhelmed walking out of Sean Durkin's debut feature, loving Olsen's performance but not much else. But as the days have gone on, I continually find myself obsessing on every moment of Martha Marcy May Marlene. Despite the backwoods feel and its atmospheric similarities to last year's Best Picture nominee Winter's Bone, this film is just simply unmissable. It is deeply unsettling throughout, and one of the few films that succeed in making the audience deeply uncomfortable. I usually find myself shifting in my seat from boredom. Here, I was shifting just because of how quietly terrified and incredibly disgusted I was with what was going on on-screen. It is a moody piece, but one that sticks with you and scares you more every time you talk and think about it. And it is that feeling, that earnest inner torment that keeps bringing me back and appreciating it more and more.

Durkin brilliantly frames the film in a similar vein to Memento, jumping back and forth between Martha at her sister's cottage in the present and her life in the cult in the past. He weaves in and out of the timelines with care, never once confusing the audience. We simply watch as Martha tries to get on with her life, but keeps finding things that remind her of moments she spent in the cult. He frames the story entirely around her, allowing her unreliability to throw the story into off-putting and disturbing directions. I found myself simply stunned by some of the unbelievable things that occur without warning. Nothing too horrific physically happens, but Durkin makes the implications of what is even more so. More impressive is how no one thing in the film feels insignificant. They all just add up on top of each other magnificently, and help drive the paranoia that plagues Martha from scene to scene, just as much if not more than it does for the audience.

Olsen has appeared in a few films before her work here, but this is an incredibly impressive true debut film for her. Her performance is simply unbelievable and unmissable. Watching her transformation from naïve teenager to paranoid, PTSD victim on-screen is one of the few absolutely amazing moments of film we have had this year. It is made even better by the fact that the film is not even told in sequence, so we are forced to watch her navigate between the depictions with relative ease. Watching her character's arch blossom into something terrifying is something that has become truly rare for such a young, unaccomplished actress. But she makes it work, and forces the audience to never take their eyes off her. She just ups the ante with every scene, and undercuts every actor who she shares the screen with. She is magnetic, and commands the screen with such strength that you would never even pretend to imagine that she is related to the Olsen Twins. Whatever doubts I may have had about the film did not even come close to quashing her compelling and spectacular performance.

Hawkes continues to prove what a remarkable supporting player he is with his work as the leader of the cult. He is always frightening and nightmarish from the very beginning, but seeing him differing forms of sincerity make him a genuinely scary villain. We practically scream at the screen before and after what he puts Martha (or as he calls her, Marcy May) through, and his performance is one of the key reasons why the film is so vividly unsettling. Watching Hawkes playing the guitar and serenading her with a tune he wrote "about her", may go down as one of the most horrific scenes in film history.

Paulson and Dancy do a fairly great job in their thankless roles as Martha's actual family. They help propel the film forward and make Olsen's role all the more fantastic, but I found that they were not given all that much to do outside of helping move the story forward. Paulson does get some very juicy moments, but I think their roles could have been all the better if they had so much more to do. They just seemed like mere plot devices more so than anything else.

While there is still something I still cannot quite describe that holds Martha Marcy May Marlene back from being the best film of the year, I cannot stop thinking about how powerful and great it really is. It is an ambiguous film that stays with you long after you leave the theatre and one that packs one of the single best performances of the year. This is an incredible directorial debut for Durkin, and an even better one for Olsen. Missing this film when it hits theatres is quite simply unacceptable.

8.5/10.

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