Sunday, March 25, 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Director: Sean Durkin. Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes. 102 min. Rated R. Drama.

A female teenager escapes an abusive Jonestown-like cult to live with her sister and brother-in-law, but can't escape her past with the cult, as she's afflicted by "Stockholm syndrome": the hostage falling in love with her captor. Elizabeth Olsen (sister of the Olsen twins) gives a haunting performance in a role that blurs the boundaries between reality, hallucination, and psychosis - even for the viewer. Reminds of the Steven Weinberg quote:

"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

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