Eerily reminiscent of A Woman Under the Influence, where the audience sees into the psyche of the main character, and through their eyes develops the world experienced in the film. The mood conveyed throughout suggests there's something more to what's going on, generating the intangible conflict which is Martha/Marcy May's persona. I feel like some people will feel like the rug was swept right from under them seeing the film, but through reflection I've already started to warmly receive the film. It's definitely among the arthouse set of 2011 films like Tree of Life and Another Earth, and will likely be in the Oscar running in the independent sect. I liked Elisabeth Olsen and John Hawkes in their roles.
Recommended. 4/5 7 years 2 months ago
Good film,I really liked theambiguous elements in the course of the film, which suited the paranoia and delusions experienced by Martha6 years 6 months ago
Good comment, rtrench.
Two themes stood out for me: first, the sinister Manson-Jonestown dimension to a set of decayed 60s mantras, like "There are other ways of living" and "Just exist". With a Deliverance or Winter's Bone element as well.
And the second is the ambiguous line between real, mind warping terror and paranoid schizophrenia.
A terrific film, although one I'd hesitate to make a favorite. 6 years 8 months ago