Writer/Director: Sean Durkin
Running time: 98 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 15
UK Release date: 3rd February 2012
Watched on Sky+ Sunday 6th January 2013.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
Very highly critically acclaimed; I couldn’t really miss this one out when it came up in the TV listings this week. A very interesting film; one that will certainly make you think; and also noteworthy for the performance of Elizabeth Olsen, which is quite excellent I might add. Here’s a very brief summary before I give you my thoughts.
We begin with Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), aka Marcy May, leaving the commune where she has lived for the past two years. She makes it to the nearest town where she phones her sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson), who comes and takes her to here home by a lake, about three hours’ drive away. It turns out this is a holiday home for Lucy and her husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy); they usually live and work in New York City. As time passes we learn, via flashback, about Martha’s life in the commune. How the leader, Patrick (John Hawkes), used his influence to get everyone to bend to his will, and how there was a much darker side to things than might appear on the surface. All this has had a profound affect on Marcy and it soon begins to show itself… has she really broken away?
It’s all filmed with quite stark colours which, I think, gives more realism to the storyline. I have to praise Elizabeth Olsen for a tremendous performance; she made the part of Marcy very believable. I also thought John Hawkes played the manipulative Patrick very well also and Sarah Paulson did a more than decent job of the older sister, Lucy. I usually put something about how a film made me feel at this point; but I’m still struggling to figure that out. The ending is left quite open to interpretation which leaves me in (at least) two minds as to how I feel about it. It’s still well worth a look if you get the chance… I’d certainly be interested in what everyone else makes of it.
SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED
My score: 7.5/10.
IMDb Score: 7.0/10 (based on 21,043 votes when this review was written).
MetaScore: 76/100: (Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com at the time of going to press).
Rotten Tomatoes ‘Audience’ Score: 71/100 (based on 15,636 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).
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Lucy: I'm her only family, you know. She needs to know that she can depend on me right now. It's complicated.
Ted: As complicated as it might be, we can't ignore the fact that her behaviour is fucking insane.
Martha: [to Lucy] Just because we're sisters doesn't mean we need to talk about everything that comes into your head!
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Official Site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/marthamarcymaymarlene/