With a movie titled Martha Marcy May Marlene you would think it would be an upbeat film with an uplifting score involving four sisters who share a pair of jeans in order to stay in touch. Wrong, wrong. This psychological thriller is one of the more disturbing films I’ve seen in my life, and for no other reason that the idea that something like this movie could happen. There’s minimal violence or actual footage of gory, coarse scenes. However it still had this profound effect on me that in the end I didn’t even bother to wait once the credits began to roll, I needed to get out of the theatre and back out into beautiful sunny Park City.
Martha (left) and her sister
The premise is about a woman who is brainwashed and convinced into living with and becoming a slave to this bum, redneck cult who specialize in womanizing, subtle rape, and abuse. Often referred to as Marcy May, and Marlene (Elizabeth Olsen) by this cult there are disturbing scenes involving the cult leader having nonconsensual sex with all of the 10-15 women who live there at some point as an semi-initiation. Other scenes include some members of the “family,” as they refer to themselves, participating in home invasion, theft, and sometimes murder. (more…)