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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Character: Martha

Directed by: Sean Durkin

Written by: Sean Durkin

Produced by: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham

Cast Members: Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes

Released date: December 21, 2011

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult in the Catskill Mountains.

RELEASE

 

Martha Marcy May Marlene premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January, with Durkin winning the festival’s U.S. Directing Award for Best Drama. It also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2011. The film received a limited release in the United States on October 21, 2011.

 

In its opening weekend in limited release, Martha Marcy May Marlene grossed $137,651 in the United States. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released Martha Marcy May Marlene on DVD and Blu-ray on February 21, 2012.

 


PRODUCTION STILLS

 

 


 

TRIVIA

 

  • Sean Durkin was looking for an unknown actress to play the role of Martha, which was the only role auditions were held for. Elizabeth Olsen auditioned twice for the role of Martha, and had to begin filming only two weeks after winning the part.
  • Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson invented together some background for the sisters’ relationship. So every scene when they talked about their past, although it’s vague on the script and for the viewer, Olsen and Paulson knew exactly what Martha and Lucy are talking about.
  • Shot over 20 days.
  • There are several references to the work of singer-songwriter, Jackson C. Frank. John Hawkes plays “Marcy’s song” in the film, while “Marlene” is played over the credits. It can be assumed that John Hawkes’ character, Patrick, fabricated the names Marcy May and Marlene from these songs.
  • Sean Durkin offered the role directly to Sarah Paulson, being a fan on her work on Studio 60.

 

Spoilers
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

 

  • There are quite a few similarities between Patrick’s cult or Martha’s story in this movie and the real-life Charles Manson “family” group. Among them: Manson, like Patrick, attracted a group of young and attractive but damaged young men and especially women to a remote, rural compound. Manson often renamed the members of his family–just as Patrick decided that Martha should be named “Marcy May,” Manson dubbed Susan Atkins “Sadie Mae Glutz.” Manson, like Patrick, made sex with all or nearly all of the women a requirement of “family” membership, and both the real Manson and the fictional Patrick encouraged everyone to have multiple sexual partners. Manson murderer Susan Atkins had experienced the early death of her mother and subsequently started having behavioral problems that made her vulnerable to the cult’s allure, as Martha had, and Manson murderer Patricia Krenwinkel fled to a relative’s home after the murders because she was scared the “family” would track her down, as Martha did. Manson, like Patrick, had his more trusted members go out of the compound at night to break into wealthy people’s homes, steal from them, disrupt and terrorize their lives, and ultimately kill some of them.

 

  • The title refers to three of the names that the main character is known by over the course of the movie. “Martha” is the first name that her parents gave her. “Marcy May” is the name that Patrick gives her when she first enters the cult. “Marlene” is the name all the cult’s women are required to use when answering the compound’s telephone (as stated in the long list of instructions written on the wall next to the telephone). The men are all required to call themselves “Michael” on the phone.

 


Quotes

 

[as Marcy May introduces a new ‘recruit’ to their home and shows her one of the babies] Sarah: All the kids here are boys.
Martha: [referring to Patrick] He only has boys.

 

Lucy: Why would you think it’s okay to come in here like that?
Martha: I don’t know. It’s a big bed. You guys were on the other side.
Lucy: You can’t come into our room when we’re having sex. That’s not normal. It’s private.
Martha: Sorry.
Lucy: You don’t need to apologize. Just – I need you to understand why it’s not okay.
Martha: Okay.
Lucy: Do you?
Martha: Yeah.
Lucy: Well?
Martha: Because it’s private and not normal.
Lucy: Oh, God.

 

Martha: I am a teacher and a leader. You just never let me be that. But now, I am… I know who I am.

 

Martha: Is it true married people don’t fuck?

 

Martha: [about their robbery victim] Zoe, I can’t stop thinking about that man.
Zoe: Yeah. I know. We’re never really dead or alive; we just exist. So he’s still existing, but it’s in a parallel time. Just don’t think about it.

 

Lucy: We’re trying to have a family and I don’t feel safe with you here.
Martha: Lucy?
Lucy: What?
[louder] Lucy: What?
Martha: You’re gonna be a terrible mother.

 

Martha: [to Lucy] Just because we’re sisters doesn’t mean we need to talk about everything that comes into your head!

 

Martha: I am a teacher and a leader.

 


AWARDS

 

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012
Nominee – Saturn Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2012
Winner – EDA Female Focus Award Best Breakthrough Performance: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Austin Film Critics Association 2011
Nominee – Austin Film Critics Award: Best Film

 

Awards Circuit Community Awards 2011
Nominee – Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders)

 

Bodil Awards 2013
Winner – Bodil Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film): Sean Durkin (director)

 

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011
Winner – BSFC Award Best New Filmmaker: Sean Durkin

 

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2012
Nominee – Critics Choice Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Cannes Film Festival 2011
Winner – Prix Regards Jeune: Sean Durkin
Nominee – Golden Camera: Sean Durkin
Nominee – Un Certain Regard Award: Sean Durkin

 

Casting Society of America, USA 2012
Winner – Artios Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Low Budget Feature – Drama/Comedy: Susan Shopmaker (Casting Director)

 

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2012
Winner – COFCA Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – COFCA Award Breakthrough Film Artist: Sean Durkin
Nominee – COFCA Award Breakthrough Film Artist: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – COFCA Award Best Picture (2nd place)
Nominee – COFCA Award Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes

 

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2011
Winner – CFCA Award Most Promising Performer: Elizabeth Olsen
Winner – CFCA Award Most Promising Filmmaker: Sean Durkin
Nominee – CFCA Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – CFCA Award Best Screenplay, Original: Sean Durkin

 

Chlotrudis Awards 2012
Nominee – Chlotrudis Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – Chlotrudis Award Best Director: Sean Durkin
Nominee – Chlotrudis Award Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes
Nominee – Chlotrudis Award Best Original Screenplay: Sean Durkin

 

CPH PIX 2012
Nominee – Politiken’s Audience Award: Sean Durkin

 

Críticos de Cinema Online Portugueses Awards 2013
Nominee – CCOP Best Actress (Melhor Atriz): Elizabeth Olsen

 

Denver Film Critics Society 2012
Nominee – DFCS Award Best Picture
Nominee – DFCS Award Best Director: Sean Durkin
Nominee – DFCS Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – DFCS Award Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes
Nominee – DFCS Award Best Screenplay: Sean Durkin
Nominee – DFCS Award Best Breakout Star: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012
Nominee – Independent Spirit Award Best First Feature: Sean Durkin (director), Antonio Campos (producer), Patrick Cunningham (producer), Chris Maybach (producer), and Josh Mond (producer)
Nominee – Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes
Nominee – Producers Award: Josh Mond

 

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2011
Winner – Pauline Kael Breakout Award: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Ghent International Film Festival 2011
Winner – Special Mention Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – Grand Prix Best Film: Sean Durkin (director)

 

Golden Schmoes Awards 2011
Nominee – Golden Schmoes Breakthrough Performance of the Year: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Gotham Awards 2011
Nominee – Gotham Independent Film Award Best Ensemble Performance: Elizabeth Olsen, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner, John Hawkes, Louisa Krause, Sarah Paulson
Nominee – Gotham Independent Film Award Breakthrough Director: Sean Durkin
Nominee – Gotham Independent Film Award Breakthrough Actor: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2011
Nominee – HFCS Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Indiana Film Journalists Association, US 2011
Winner – IFJA Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee- IFJA Award Best Picture

 

Indiewire Critics’ Poll 2011
Winner – ICP Award Best First Feature: Sean Durkin
Nominee – ICP Award Best Lead Performance: Elizabeth Olsen (6th place)
Nominee – ICP Award Best Supporting Performance: John Hawkes (9th place)

 

International Cinephile Society Awards 2012
Nominee – ICS Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – ICS Award Best Editing: Zachary Stuart-Pontier

 

International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) 2012
Nominee – INOCA Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – INOCA Best Film Editing: Zachary Stuart-Pontier

 

International Online Film Critics’ Poll 2012
Nominee – IOFCP Award Best Actress in a Leading Role: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – IOFCP Award Best Original Screenplay: Sean Durkin

 

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2011
Winner – New Generation Award Antonio Campos, Josh Mond, Sean Durkin, Elizabeth Olsen

 

Nevada Film Critics Society 2012
Winner – NFCS Award Best Breakthrough Performance: Elizabeth Olson
Tied with Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

 

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011
Nominee – NYFCC Award Best First Film: Sean Durkin

 

Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards 2011
Winner – OFCC Award Best First Film: Sean Durkin

 

Online Film & Television Association 2012
Winner – OFTA Film Award Best First Feature: Sean Durkin
Nominee – OFTA Film Award Best Breakthrough Performance: Female: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – OFTA Film Award Best First Screenplay: Sean Durkin

 

Online Film Critics Society Awards 2012
Nominee – OFCS Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – OFCS Award Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes
Nominee – OFCS Award Best Original Screenplay: Sean Durkin
Nominee – OFCS Award Best Editing: Zachary Stuart-Pontier

 

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2011
Winner – PFCS Award Best Actress in a Leading Role: Elizabeth Olsen
Winner – PFCS Award Breakout on Camera: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee -PFCS Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role: John Hawkes
Nominee -PFCS Award Breakthrough Behind the Camera: Sean Durkin

 

Robert Festival 2013
Nominee – Robert Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film): Sean Durkin

 

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2011
Nominee – SDFCS Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Satellite Awards 2011
Nominee – Satellite Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Elizabeth Olsen

 

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US 2011
Nominee – SLFCA Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – SLFCA Award Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes
Nominee – SLFCA Award Best Artistic/Creative Film (for excellence in art-house cinema)

 

Stockholm Film Festival 2011
Nominee – Bronze Horse Best Film

 

Sundance Film Festival 2011
Winner – Directing Award Dramatic: Sean Durkin
Nominee – Grand Jury Prize Dramatic: Sean Durkin

 

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011
Nominee – TFCA Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – TFCA Award Best First Feature: Sean Durkin

 

Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2012
Winner – VFCC Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen

 

Village Voice Film Poll 2011
Winner – VVFP Award Best First Feature
Nominee – VVFP Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen (5th place)
Nominee – VVFP Award Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes (7th place)

 

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2011
Nominee – WAFCA Award Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen
Nominee – WAFCA Award Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes





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