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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Released: 03/02/2012 Released in key cities
Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) flees from a cult and its abusive leader. Despite taking refuge with her family, she descends into a mental state reminiscent of latter-years Howard Hughes. This is a haunting treatise on paranoia from debut writer/director Sean Durkin, raising profound and disturbing issues, such as: there's a third Olsen sister? For more information visit: http://www.marthamarcymaymarlene.co.uk/ Buy: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/films/details/1021/martha-marcy-may-marlene/ Watch:
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The Independent“Gentle tweaks that stick with you...” Unnerving not because of what it shows you, but because its lucidity and cleanness of execution–just the right side of antiseptic–create a marvellous sense of creeping unease...
 
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Little White Lies“A tense and superbly acted analysis of trauma and vulnerability...” Could have had the look, feel and tone of an exploitation flick, given the sex and violence inherent in the material. But Durkin’s deft touch ensures that it never for a single moment strays into this all too familiar terrain...
 
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Radio Times“Intelligent, hypnotic and compelling...” Olsen is simply mesmerising, perfectly capturing the brainwashed Martha's disorientation and conflicting emotions: equal parts needy and hostile, she's desperate for love, but unsure whether she's deserving of it...
 
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80 %
Evening Standard“The depths of wrongness keep growing right through the film...” You should be warned that this is an ultimately lowering film, not one that will have you skipping out of the cinema refreshed. Its sudden end - not the kind that audience research would recommend - leaves you stuck in the midst...
 
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80 %
The Telegraph“A slippery thriller about fugitive states...” Tipping into overt horror is a mistake made just the once, in a stabby sequence of home invasion. What’s far creepier is not knowing how soon, or how, Martha’s recent experience is going to catch up with her...
 
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Guardian“A disquieting and ambiguous movie in a classic US indie style...” It's acted and directed like a sensitive drama, rather than a scary movie, and is all the scarier for it...
 
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80 %
Empire“Grim but clever, insidiously creepy and affecting...” This powerful debut needs to be worked at and doesn’t give up its pleasures easily, but if you stay with it, proves rewarding, thoughtful and terrifying, anchored by two great performances from John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen...
 
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Total Film “Mesmerising...” A stunningly assured, elegantly crafted and profoundly disturbing portrait of a traumatised mind, MMMM rockets Durkin and Olsen to the top of the ‘ones to watch’ pile...
 
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80 %
Time Out“An impressive and haunting American debut...” Past, present and future are as uncertain as each other as Durkin leads us back and forth between Martha’s time with the sect and the purgatory of being away from them...
 
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