Martha Marcy May Marlene

October 21st 2011
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 120 min,
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Brady Corbet, Christopher Abbott, Michael Chmiel, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner, Louisa Krause, Diana Masi, Allen McCullough, Tobias Segal, Adam David Thompson
  • Director: T. Sean Durkin
  • Writer: T. Sean Durkin
  • Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond
  • Co Producer: Andrew Corkin
  • Associate Producer: Brett Potter
  • Executive Producers: Matt Palmieri, Ted Hope, Saemi Kim, Saerom Kim, Alexander Schepsman
  • Art Direction: Jonathan Guggenheim
  • Castings: Randi Glass, Susan Shopmaker
  • Costume Design: David Tabbert
  • D.O.P.: Jody Lee Lipes
  • Editor: Zachary Stuart-Pontier
  • Makeup: Jessica Kelleher
  • Musics: Daniel Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
  • Production Design: Chad Keith


"Martha Marcy May Marlene" is a powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Seeking help from her estranged older sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy), Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. When her memories trigger a chilling paranoia that her former cult could still be pursuing her, the line between Martha's reality and delusion begins to blur.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • MPAA Warning: Disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language
  • Production Budget: $10 million
  • Production Companies: Act Zero Films, BorderLine Films, FilmHaven Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 24 May 2010 - 3 July 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "One of the big unknowns of the Sundance Film Festival, I keep trying to pronounce the title but the only phrase that seems to come out of my mouth is 'Maybe It's Maybeline' thank you brainwashing commercials. Actually brainwashing is an apt metaphor here for a film that explores the question of "what after?", in this case a young woman's attempt to re-assimilate into society after escaping a cult.

The second feature from Borderline Films after acclaimed Cannes premiere "Afterschool", don't expect any sanitary or upbeat elements here - the synopsis itself indicates we know right from the start that the titular Martha will meet a grim and undistinguished fate. Her journey there is one of increasing isolationism and paranoia, the real psychological after effects of what can happen when one so devoted to a singular belief system has that taken away from them. Could be powerful, the reaction at Park City will tell the tale."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 December 2011: Sweden
  • 20 January 2012 : Poland
  • 2 February 2012 : Russia
  • 3 February 2012 : Ireland, UK
  • 23 February 2012 : Germany
  • 24 February 2012 : Spain
  • 29 February 2012 : France