Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Feature Film | Drama | USA | English | 1h42m
Dir: Sean Durkin | Scr: Sean Durkin | Ph: Jody Lee Lipes | Prod: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, & Josh Mond | Mus: Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans | Ed: Zac Stuart-Pontier | PD: Chad Keith | AD: Jonathan Guggenheim Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner, John Hawkes, Louisa Krause, Sarah Paulson

After an absence of two years, a young woman reconnects with her elder sister, when she goes to stay with her and her new husband at their idyllically situated holiday home, in this winningly ambiguous character study. However, with her dreams and thoughts filled with apparent memories of the time that she spent living in an abusive commune, her behaviour proves erratic and worrying. Is her mental instability the result of her time at the commune, or are her memories of the commune the manifestation of her mental instability? Olsen’s central performance proves outstanding, with photography, editing, and writing to match, driving Durkin’s pleasingly abstruse feature debut towards its decidedly discomfiting ending.