Every once in a while we are blessed with a phenomenally great indie. Martha Marcy May Marlene is a gripping, brilliant fresh take on one of the most compelling genres when done right: life in a cult. One cannot help but thinking of the Manson clan while watching. Peter Travers:
After you see Martha Marcy May Marlene, you’ll know [Elizabeth Olsen] as an actress of uncommon subtlety and feeling. It’s a sensational performance in a gripping psychological thriller, from gifted first-time writer-director Sean Durkin, that reveals its secrets in the silence between words.
…it’s Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake.
Highly recommended: put this on your short list. Rental available on iTunes.