• bouman

    ★★★★ Rewatched by bouman 16 Aug, 2014

    ¿Que hacer cuando en una casa ajena nos acoge y nos hacen sentir mejor que en cualquier otro lugar? Por lo pronto, mejor no fiarse. Martha Marcy May Marlene, escrita y dirigida por Sean Durkin, es una tormentosa realidad que juega con la debilidad de las personas.

    La joven protagonista de la película, interpretada por Elizabeth Olsen (sí, del clan de las gemelas Olsen, es la hermana pequeña de estas), huye de una casa perdida de entre los bosques del…

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  • Dirk van Eck

    ★★★ Watched by Dirk van Eck 16 Sep, 2014 2

    After having lived in a commune with a (sexually) abusive leader, Martha tries to reintegrate with the only family she has left: her sister Lucy and her husband. However, her past is haunting her and has left her mentally disturbed, which unsurprisingly results in conflict with her new care-givers. ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ is a drama that peaks at those moments one supposes to be the most intense, leaving its viewer in a state of distress afterwards. This is facilitated…

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  • Harrison Miller

    ★★★★ Watched by Harrison Miller 12 Sep, 2014

    An extremely mesmerizing and fascinating film about, basically, PTSD.
    Durkin is very poetic with his camera and lighting set-up. The camera is always wondering and detached, while the lighting is always casting the shadow of our protagonist, showing her divided nature about how to live her life after her experience with the "cult."

    I love how Durkin almost portrays the commune as having a better atmosphere when comparing that life to the one with her sister that she is now…

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  • Windyblue

    ★★★ Added by Windyblue

    Warning:
    Rape
    Cult indoctrination
    Firearms
    Stabbing (as per Manson style)
    Violence

    Great acting and cinematography, but the characters and story are completely undeveloped after the initial "state of things". Nothing happens. It's interesting, I wish it went somewhere. If they ever made this into a movie, I'd love to see it.

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  • Raymond, Candy Coloured Klovn!

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Raymond, Candy Coloured Klovn! 10 Sep, 2014

    There's a lot I need to write down about this one. (Shit...)

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  • radiomanhead

    ★★★★ Added by radiomanhead

    Me ha parecido un magnifico thriller psicológico con una estupenda y contenida Elizabeth Olsen a la cabeza, poseedora de un ritmo "in crescendo" muy bien dosificado y con un final que aunque pude dejar descolocado a mas de uno a mi me ha parecido de lo mas valiente.

    Sin duda la película "tapada" o "sorpresa" de su año, lo joyita oculta que muchos deberían ver.

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  • fatpie42

    ★★ Watched by fatpie42 20 Sep, 2012

    Martha appears at the cult seemingly already very keen on joining, but we in the audience still have very little idea what the cult does nor why it would be appealing to an outsider. After spending a bit of time with them it seems she has decided to take part in the initiation rite. And, there's no easy way to put this and anyone considering watching the film needs to know this in advance, the initiation rite turns out to…

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  • Whyte Nite

    ★★★ Watched by Whyte Nite 31 Aug, 2014

    This has to be either the sequel/prequel to Simon Killer. Campos and Durkin, go make it a trilogy.

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  • Doc Cortex

    ★★★½ Watched by Doc Cortex 16 Aug, 2014

    A good solid film about a subject matter I really didn't fancy. Martha escapes from a manipulative American cult led by sinister yet charismatic Patrick and moves in with her less than understanding sister. The story of her time in the cult is told through flashbacks that increasingly mesh and become confused with her new life which serves the dual purpose of showing and explaining her precarious mental state. Elizabeth Olsen is fantastic as the titular Martha although looking continually…

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  • Mauricio Xavier

    ★★★★ Watched by Mauricio Xavier 30 Aug, 2014

    Pretty great stuff with the cutting between past and present, playing with how the memories are always haunting Martha and whatnot. In a way you don't really need it all that much, considering the trauma is all on Olsen's face (holy shit is she good in this), but maybe she'd seem an asshole at times? Maybe that would be good, actually, because her sister and the sister's husband sound like assholes waaay too often. Family conflict is so much more…

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  • Luis Eduardo Melean

    ★★★ Watched by Luis Eduardo Melean 30 Aug, 2014

    TED
    I have moments when I would love to move
    to France and just exist but it doesn't
    work that way.

    MARTHA
    You can do that if you want to.

    TED
    It's not that simple.

    MARTHA
    It's not your fault but you learned that
    success is measured by money and
    possessions. It's just not the right way
    to live.

    TED
    And what do you think the right way to
    live is? Being a hysterical mess and
    causing your family pain. You're eating
    my food and sleeping under my roof so
    watch your mouth. You're rude.

    MARTHA
    You don't know anything about it.

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  • JC

    ★★★★½ Watched by JC 27 Aug, 2014 6

    A cult film this quiet and subdued has rarely been presented, but it's a gamble that pays off. Director Sean Durkin does a lot with very little, focusing often times on the effects of a damaging cult rather than the damage itself. The result is the audience feeling as fragmented as Martha herself with time weaving back and forth, and the seeming impossibility to escape the past.

    Long overdue since hearing the Sundance buzz when it first released, I now…

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