Thursday, June 5, 2014
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a slow, creepy, brooding, and fascinating movie. It is about a young woman who leaves a cult and is staying with her estranged sister. She is deeply damaged by the experience on the compound or farm or whatever it was, and she acts traumatized and exhibits bizarre behavior. The experience she had is told in flashbacks, while the present concerns her inability to adjust to her sister and brother-in-law's lifestyle.
Every scene in Martha Marcy May Marlene is captivating. The acting is very good and there is a disturbing tension throughout the movie. However, I felt something was missing: I wanted to understand how and why she had joined the cult in the first place. This was only alluded to and more information would have made the movie more satisfying for me.