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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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Sean Durkin

Writer:

Sean Durkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lauren Molina ... Cult Member
Louisa Braden Johnson Louisa Braden Johnson ... Cult Member
Tobias Segal ... Cult Member
Gregg Burton Gregg Burton ... Man in Home #1
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Storyline

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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Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2011 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La fuga di Martha See more »

Filming Locations:

Livingston Manor, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,651, 23 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,981,638, 5 February 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Shot over 20 days. See more »

Goofs

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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Marlene
Written by Jackson C. Frank
Performed by Jackson C. Frank
Courtesy of Jim Abbott
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A well acted film with a limited story line
18 November 2011 | by jennifer_reed_1See all my reviews

"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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