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Prospect recommends: Martha Marcy May Marlene

By Nick James  

Martha Marcy May Marlene: not your regular US indie film


Martha Marcy May Marlene On release from 3rd February

This grippingly creepy tale of cult trauma begins like a regular kind of US indie film. On a Catskill mountain farm, healthy, attractive young people in simple work clothes are doing chores in the “magic hour” of sunlight so familiar from Terrence Malick’s films. But to the beautiful Martha (played with subtle grace by newcomer Elizabeth Olsen), this seeming idyll is revealed to be anything but heavenly.


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