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Writer:
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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21 wins & 58 nominations See more »
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Brilliantly unnerving See more (174 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)

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Trivia:
Shot over 20 days.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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44 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly unnerving, 5 November 2011
Author: chrismsawin from United States

Martha Marcy May Marlene is literally one of the most difficult movie titles to remember in recent memory; at least until after you see the film. Shortened to MMMM in movie conversations, when you tell people that title their reply is usually along the lines of, "That sounds REALLY stupid." But Martha Marcy May Marlene is pretty much the furthest thing from stupid a film could possibly be. But then if you were try to convince somebody that a movie starring a younger sister of the Olsen twins is not only good but filled with some pretty extraordinary acting, you'd probably be laughed at. If you enjoy independent film, watch the trailer for Martha Marcy May Marlene and go into the full-length film with an open mind. It's practically guaranteed you'll be surprised with what you discover.

Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) has just returned home to her family; Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her husband Ted (Hugh Dancy). Martha disappeared two years ago without a trace. She never called anyone or let anyone know where she was going; she was just gone. Now that Martha has returned, she doesn't seem right. She acts strangely and can't tell the difference between the past, the present, and events that she dreamed about. But she doesn't want to talk about it. She did however live with a man named Patrick (John Hawkes) on a farm with a group of other women who basically worshipped the ground Patrick walked on. But whatever happened there has tainted Martha. The events that transpired there still haunt her to this day and Martha soon comes to realize that the life she had for two years isn't so easy to run away from.

Martha Marcy May Marlene reels you in right from the start. You see Martha take off into the woods and the shaky point of view that's used along with the positioning of the camera gives you the sense that you're chasing after her, which is basically what you're doing the entire film. There's this constant sense of uneasiness dripping over each frame of the film even before anything is actually revealed. The absence of a score does wonders, but every once in awhile a slow rising high pitched tone can be heard to make things more tense and it works in spades.

The film itself is rather upsetting and almost off-putting in a way. It's incredibly difficult to watch at times, but hard to pull yourself away from at the same time. Elizabeth Olsen is an interesting actress to watch. She spends the majority of the film keeping to herself and not wanting to talk about the hell she's been through the past two years, but her unusual behavior along with how insanity begins to slip through the cracks of the front she puts on in front of her family is the beauty of not only the character but her performance as well. John Hawkes has always been a compelling actor anyway, but he's in top form here. Patrick is a very driven individual. Of course, the way he lives and his ideals are completely off the wall but it's the way he's so calm about it and so confident that makes it believable. Then there's his dark side that's just downright scary. The whole scenario brings to mind a famous serial killer; a certain family from the 1960s.

However like most movies the less you know about Martha Marcy May Marlene going in the better. One of the film's charms is how it transitions between the past and the present. It illustrates to perfection the thought process and current mindset of the Martha character. Marcy's Song, which is performed by John Hawkes, is a beautiful song but its context is genuinely creepy. Most of the conversations between Martha and her sister Lucy are some of the best scenes in the film. Their conversation by the lake while Ted is making dinner is one that stands out. You find yourself just enthralled with the film and just entranced with everything going on, but the ending is kind of a letdown. It's very open-ended and was obviously done to keep you talking (which it has done very successfully), but it didn't feel completely satisfying to me. It doesn't necessarily hurt the film overall, but is just a small nitpick on my end.

Martha Marcy May Marlene is driven by an exceptional cast and an engaging story while being wrapped up in an incredibly unnerving presentation. There doesn't really seem to be a weak actor in the cast as Elizabeth Olsen shows she's a very talented actress and John Hawkes continues to show how talented he really is. Martha Marcy May Marlene keeps you guessing, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and is just brilliant storytelling all around.

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