Reviewing and Previewing the World of Film

Preview: Martha Marcy May Marlene

This is going to be an interesting one. I am partially excited, partially confused, and partially intrigued. The story centers around the character of Martha, who, until recently, belonged to an abusive cult. She escapes and finds refuge in her sisters home. The multiple names in the title show her confused and fragile state after she escapes the cult. Yet her fragile state does not allow for a smooth assimilation back into society. the most interesting part of this film is that it shifts between, present, past, and hallucination scenes. And to me, this is the interesting element of the film. The story is what it is, but the ability to show a fragile state, with frequent time transitions, by putting the viewer in one as well is almost unheard of. These films, since they are so unique, are the one that find the niches and cult status’.

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