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Martha Marcy May Marlene

By: Michael Atkinson

Page 1, Film review for Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a terrific, unsettling and thought provoking film about Insanity and being ultimately alone in ones experiences.

The plot follows Martha, a young woman who joins a community in a mountainous region near New York. On arrival something terrible is done to her and we realise that the commune has an underlying nastiness.

When she goes to live with her sister, her experiences of the cult are told in harrowing flash backs. As she remembers what happened we start to question her sanity.

 The ending isn’t totally satisfying. It is, however, effective, particularly when properly contemplated.

The director Sean Durkin’s vision is clearly influenced by cultish communities like the Manson Family.  Durkin’s unsettling direction of the film is reminiscent of Rosemary’s Baby. Both films capture insanity in such a way that the viewer does not often know they are seeing through an insane perspective.

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a slow burning, highly unsettling tour- de-force that should not be missed

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