Reviews and Problems with Martha Marcy May Marlene
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Martha Marcy May Marlene
30 January 2012
Excerpt: She was born Martha but rechristened "Marcy May" when she fell in with a cult, where women are held as sexual and servile supplicants and are instructed to give their name as "Marlene" when they answer the phone. Her reasons for leaving the cult are a bit clearer than her reasons for joining it, but just a bit. Durkin is a much better director than he is a writer.
Conclusion: Rough around the edges and too ambiguous for some tastes, this is grim but clever, insidiously creepy and affecting. And in Olsen and Durkin, it marks the arrival of two exciting talents to watch. It still should be called Mental Sex Cult.
Excerpt: The fragile bonds of family come under scrutiny in this psychological thriller, and makes for tense viewing from the opening scenes right until the second it finishes. The film is dark and taut as memories are seamlessly threaded with the present. The film-maker is deft, using the past to explain today and develop a sense of impending threat in the audience. While watching it becomes harder to breathe as the story unfolds. Mal-adjusted mentality methodically manipulated.
Excerpt: Zelfs de staat New York heeft ze: afgelegen boerderijen waar charismatische sekteleiders jonge mensen hun wil opleggen. Zelden zagen we de engerds zo overtuigend aan het werk als in Martha Marcy May Marlene .
Summary: In Martha Marcy May Marlene , dat het midden houdt tussen thriller en psychologisch drama, is een meisje veroordeeld om voortdurend over haar schouder te kijken. De film roept meer vragen op dan hij antwoorden geeft.