The girl, Martha, who becomes victim of the cult, is played by Elizabeth Oslen. She was a part of the cult located in the Catskills Mountains, which is led by one Patrick (John Hawkes). The other people who are also in the cult also include Zoe (Louisa Krause) and Katie (Maria Dizzia). Martha not only ends up being an obsessed entity in the cult but also ends up being one of Patrick’s amours.
After she leaves the cult and comes to live at her sister’s home, she tells her and her brother-in-law that she is fine but it is evident that she is still delusional and the demons of the past begin to haunt her in such a way that she is not able to differentiate between dreams and reality. She has this fear that those who were in the cult, may come back searching for her.
Martha Marcy May Marlene has been directed by Sean Durkin. It has been produced by Antonio Campos. The film has music by Daniel Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans. The editing is done by Zachary Stuart-Pontier.. Made on a budget of $2,900,625, this film with a running time of 101 minutes has met with a good response when it released in the US, Canada, France, Sweden, Poland and many such countries. Martha Marcy May Marlene will release in the UK on February 3, 012 and the pre-release expectations are quite positive.
Martha Marcy May Marlene premiered on January 21, 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. The response was brilliant and Sean Durkin won the US Directing Award for Best Drama. The film had a limited release in the month of October 2011 and grossed $137,651 in the opening weekend Critics have given a good rating for the film and have lauded the performance of Elizabeth Oslen, John Hawkes and the psychologically thrilling elements in the film. Sean Durkin and Elizabeth Oslen went on to win many awards for the film. One of the lines in the film “There’s no such thing as dead or alive; we just exist ‘has become commonplace”.
The Oscar nomination may prove to be elusive but Elizabeth Olsen has definitely arrived. The little known sister of the famous twins Mary Kate and Ashley has now jumped up on popularity stakes with the admirable response to Martha Marcy May Marlene. Elizabeth Oslen has been so effective in the film that she says that she felt quite close to the character of ‘Martha’ while filming. “It’s really strange, because when we were filming I felt so close to her, like we were one and the same: that she was so much of me, my thoughts and secrets. “ The 22 year old also revealed that she took inspiration from Kate Winslet’s nude act in Reader to drop her clothes for Martha, so that she could be true to her character.