033: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

This has to be the most impressive debut feature from a filmmaker since Bennett Miller’s Capote. Sean Durkin’s tale about a young woman losing grip after escaping the clutches of a cult is idiosyncratic in all senses of the word. Elizabeth Olsen is a fabulous screen presence as the timorous Martha, putting in a performance that is well beyond her formative years. There’s also a heavyweight performance from John Hawkes as the creepily convincing cult leader, again proving my claim that he is the finest actor working in America today. An unforgettable, harrowing film, which undoubtedly deserves to sweep the nominations board at those awards next year. You know the ones, with the little metal man? Yeah, the Owens, that’s it.

THE GOOD: A craftsmanship in directing which is inspiring but completely unfussy.

THE BAD: None. Not a single criticism for me, meaning…

★★★★★

IMDb it.

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