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Martha Marcy May Marlene

  • Rating: R
  • 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
  • Duration: 1h 42m
  • 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.

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      • 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.
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      • 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.

    • [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?
      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.

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      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.


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