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Old 06-26-2018, 07:46 PM   #9797
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Martha Marcy May Marlene - 4/4

John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen are as talented as anybody working in acting today. I have a real tendency towards them as actors and a real and engrained distaste for films that are hopelessly grim, unsettling or depressing.
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a story about emancipation, indoctrination, abuse, escape and re-assimilation. It is dark, ugly and up close but it's an honest film with good intentions, wonderful performances and a uniquely accepting tone which might sound odd but in review it is easy to see how a more judgemental take could have spoiled the lasting impact.

This is a film that could easily be turned into a play. Each scene is made for a stage really, you are exposed to a lot of conversations, explanations and proclamations from John Hawkes.
Two great performances hold together a pretty impressive piece of work. The ending stayed with me.
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