- Film Festival
For months, the film world has been aflutter with news of this festival darling. It is one of the few films to be screened at the "Big 3" -- Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto (September 8-18).
Martha Marcy May Marlene is about a young girl, Martha, who escapes an abusive, cult-ish "family" and moves in with her sister and brother-in-law. Transitioning from the communal community, which promoted living in the moment, to the excessive home of a yuppie couple proves extremely difficult for Martha, who went by Marcy May and Marlene in the cult. The title of the film describes it perfectly in that Martha and Marcy May/Marlene, two very different people, are permanently bonded together. At all times, each one is trying to push the other out, but remnants of a past life are constantly forcing themselves into the present.
Following the screening, star Elizabeth Olsen and director Sean Durkin, joined us for a Q&A session. They were met with complements, questions, (and minimal complaints) about the film. Durkin explained his research process for Martha, while Olsen expressed her admiration for the film because "everything's left up to interpretation. Nothing's spoon-fed to you."
Martha Marcy May Marlene, which also features Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes, is an excellent film and a launching pad for two very bright careers.