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
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 »
[as Martha runs away]
Marcy! Marcy May! Where ya goin'?
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"Martha Marcy May Marlene" is an above average movie. The acting is strong, the topic important, and technically it is good enough for what this movie needs. That said the story leaves you more with feeling that you just watched a news segment on sexual abuse by cults on runaway girls rather than anything cinematic.
Elizabeth Olson, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy all deliver on performance in difficult scenes and keep you engaged. But the directing and writing is so obviously directed towards an awards and critics pleasing campaign that it seems to detract from what could have been an otherwise very strong film.
Was it worth seeing. Yes. Would I recommend it. Maybe. Would I see it again. No Way.
I just left the theater feeling depressed, paranoid, and missing something from this film. The promo campaign on this film seems headed for awards season with tried and true tactics and I am sure they will be temporarily successful but forgotten long term.
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