The Moviegoer: "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (Durkin, 2011)

Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) is profoundly disoriented. In fact, you might say that she is no longer Martha. Her psyche is fractured because the foundations which have constituted her identity have been shaken. Martha is struggling to come to grips with herself, with modern bourgeois society, and with all that she endured after escaping a cult. Her disorientation stems from being enticed and then manipulated for nearly two years. And this is the nature of evil which is embodied by Patrick (John … [Read more...]