Three sentence movie reviews: Martha Marcy May Marlene


I’ve checked this out of the library on more than one occasion, but never got around to watching it because the cult aspect scared me off.  Now that I’ve finally seen it, the movie was fascinating mostly because the woman* does not tell her sister** she was in a cult, just that she had a bad boyfriend.  So that made the reactions by her family to the after-affects of her trauma that much more interesting and intense, which made for a fascinating movie.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home

*Martha is her given name, Marcy May is her cult name, Marlene is the  name the women in the cult use on the phone.
**Sarah Paulson! I would have watched it a long time ago if I had known she was in it. I love her!

Note that this is yet another good role played by John Hawkes.  I also recently loved him in the Sessions and he’s quite good in Winter’s Bone too.

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3 thoughts on “Three sentence movie reviews: Martha Marcy May Marlene”

  1. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this movie! I wasn’t sure who John Hawkes was so I looked him up. He looked familiar, but I wasn’t finding anything in his credits that I’ve seen. Finally, I saw that he was in ONE episode of Psych, and that’s where I know him from. It happens to be one of my favorite episodes of the show, so I’ve watched it multiple times. He plays a bad guy.

    1. Have you not seen Winter’s Bone? One of the most awesome Jennifer Lawrence performances ever? He’s in that, which is my marker for him. He’s also the dude in the Sessions.

  2. Another NFS sort of movie. I am so glad that you enjoyed the movie. And then to find a surprise favorite in the show!

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