Martha Marcy May Marlene

Rated R 101 minutes 2011

A terse young woman (unfailingly portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen) escapes from a sinister, Manson-Family-style cult in contemporary rural New York state and returns to the home of her solicitous sister, but she has a tough time letting go. And the eerie mood grows. The provocative, unnervingly calm story relies on our getting under Martha’s skin and staying there for the entire running time — actress Olsen and writer-director Sean Durkin see to that, with strong support from the reliable John Hawke as Patrick, the cult’s leader; Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy as Martha’s sister and brother-in-law; and Julia Garner as a devotee. This stealth horror film delves deeper into Martha’s inner troubles than many filmgoers might wish to go, but it’s worth the trip. (120 min.)

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Official Site: foxsearchlight.com/marthamarcymaymarlene

Director: Sean Durkin

Producer: Josh Mond, António Campos, Chris Maybach, Patrick Cunningham, Ted Hope, Matt Palmieri, Saemi Kim, Saerom Kim and Alexander Schepsman

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Brady Corbet, Christopher Abbott, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner and Louisa Krause

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