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Martha Marcy May Marlene – Sean Durkin (2011)

In this fairly typical arthouse film we mostly follow Martha who has been in some sort of commune from which she escaped and fled to her sister.

The film tells but parts of the story. We do not know how Martha came to join the cult. Nor do we find out what exactly caused the trauma she has. The film jumps back and forth between the present and events in the two years that Martha lived on the farm. What is well done is that the past and present start to run through each other. And then the film just stops.

The film is alright, but it should have been less ‘artsy’ and just tell the story it wanted to tell.

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