Martha Marcy May Marlene is a 2011 American psychological thriller written and directed by Sean Durkin, and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy. The plot focuses on a young woman suffering from delusions and paranoia after returning to her family from an abusive cult in the Catskill Mountains. (From Wikipedia).
Martha Marcy May Marlene was released in Spain last 27 April. Begoña and I went to see it yesterday. My expectations were probably very high given the excellent reviews I have seen in the Internet. But I must admit I’ve missed this film completely. It could have been my fault, though. It is a harsh and disturbing drama with no easy concession to the public but, unfortunately, I found the pace too slow, even boring. Moreover neither the story nor the character are well developed in my view. However I’m in a minority camp. It has become a film of cult with a 7.7/10 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.2 rating on IMDb. Sean Durkin won the Dramatic Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with this, his first film as a director.
The New York Times has a much more positive review.
If you have seen it I would like to hear your opinion in the comments below.
My rating 4/10.