A Few Words About A few words about...™ Martha Marcy May Marlene -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist

    Feb 8, 1999
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    What a frightening and thought-provoking film!

    Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the twins, is Martha, and she gives an extraordinary performance, along with protagonist John Hawkes.

    Martha has escaped from a cult in upstate New York, and gone to live with her older sister and brother-in-law, but to what end? The damage has been done, and as the film moves along, we're given glimpses of what has made Martha, aka Marcy May, aka Marlene, crack.

    MMMM is also a visually interesting film. Directed by NYU grad Sean Durkin, and photographed by Jody Lee Lipes, MMMM takes on a generally ethereal, under-exposed look. True blacks are rare, shadow detail is found open and exposed with little information on tap. It's a very novel look, and after one gets used to it, I believe it works.

    The film was shot on that stuff with the holes running along the sides in 35/3, and went from there to a 2k DI, before reaching its final 35mm scope prints and DCPs.

    What appears to be a simple hippie-type commune in the early stages of the film, slowly takes on the aspects of a cult as we get to know the players better, and the overall fear instilled by the goings-on breaks through.

    MMMM is Sean Durkin's first directorial stint on a feature film. His earlier short, Mary Last Seen, almost a preface to MMMM, is included as an extra.

    He's a filmmaker to watch.

    Highly Recommended.

  2. Coressel

    Coressel Supporting Actor

    May 26, 1999
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    This looks really fascinating. I hadn't even heard of this film or the director until now, so thanks for the heads-up.

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