Time Out Brisbane

Martha Marcy May Marlene

 You can take the girl out of the cult, but can you take the cult out of the girl? 

 In cinemas 2 February

The American indie toast of both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, Sean Durkin’s unnerving and insidiously offbeat horror-thriller exposes the sinister underside of religious cult deprogramming via an ingeniously suggestive and prickly performance from Elizabeth Olsen. It opens with a dishevelled and volatile Martha (Olsen) seeking refuge with her pedantic older sister (Paulson) and prig hubby (Dancy) in their sterile lakeside retreat. Formally (and, for that matter, atmospherically) we’re deep in Last Year at Marienbad country, as the film switches back and forth in time to offer a series of layered and increasingly uncomfortable reveals as to what questionable deeds our multi-monikered heroine has been up to for the last two years. This is a majorly impressive and rigorous nightmare movie.  


By David Jenkins   |  

Martha Marcy May Marlene details

Length: 101 minutes

Country of origin: USA

Year of production: 2011

Classification: Not Available

Showing 02 Feb 2012-14 Mar 2012

Director: Sean Durkin

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy