UNDERRATED: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' (2011)

Acclaimed but unfairly forgotten, this film by writer-director Sean Durkin will hopefully gain a new life on DVD. As unsettled as it is unsettling, the film parachutes you into the life of a young girl as she escapes a chillingly charismatic cult leader portrayed by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002275" title="John Hawkes" href="/topic/entertainment/john-hawkes-PECLB002275.topic">John Hawkes</a>. The movie's time-skipping structure feels as uncertain as Elizabeth Olsen's traumatized title character, with an ominous finish that avoids easy conclusions.
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Acclaimed but unfairly forgotten, this film by writer-director Sean Durkin will hopefully gain a new life on DVD. As unsettled as it is unsettling, the film parachutes you into the life of a young girl as she escapes a chillingly charismatic cult leader portrayed by John Hawkes. The movie's time-skipping structure feels as uncertain as Elizabeth Olsen's traumatized title character, with an ominous finish that avoids easy conclusions.

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