Martha Marcy May Marlene
Director: Sean Durkin
Running time: 102 mins Released: 3rd February 2012
About Martha Marcy May Marlene
A psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen (the younger sister of famous child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley) as the Martha of the title. A vulnerable, troubled young woman, she joins a cult led by a gently persuasive man, Patrick (John Hawkes), who encourages the members to exchange their freedom for a new world and a happy life. At first, Martha is taught valuable skills and appreciates the domestic peace and sense of togetherness. She is given a new name, Marcy May, not realising that she is giving up part of herself. To further ensnare its members all women on the farm answer the house telephone as 'Marlene.' Patrick's transgressions become more and more horrific and Martha eventually realises that she must break away. Her sister (Sarah Paulson) and wealthy brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy) take her in, but seem content to marginalise what happened to her.