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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

A NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

By D.E.Levine

Starring Elisabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the famous Olsen sisters, this is a chilling pyschological thriller about a young woman who joins and then escapes from a cult.

Through flashbacks we see how Martha became involved with the cult, what took place on their rural farm, sexual interactions and criminal activities that took place and how she finally left and contacted her married sister (Sarah Paulson) and her brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy).

Unfortunately, re-assimilating into a "normal" life isn't as simple as one would think and Martha becomes more and more obsessed with the thought that the cult is coming after her to wreak vengeance and make certain she doesn't discuss what she's seen or taken part in while with the cult.

Having fallen under the "spell" of a charismatic cult leader, fallen prey to being drugged and undergoing various forms of deprivation.

Writer-director Sean Durkin builds the suspense, moving back and forth between the awkward and increasingly uncomfortable stay of Martha with her sister and the earlier initiation into the cult.

Unable to tell the truth about her absence, Martha becomes increasingly paranoid, and with Durkin's script and direction terror mounts. Is it real or is it imagined?