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Postcard Review – Martha Marcy May Marlene

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Dear Martha Marcy May Marlene,

There will be those that find you disappointing because of the enigmatic and illusory nature of your story, the lack of finality, but in reality there is no way that this tale could have ended any other way.

In spite of the power of your deeply felt, intricate tale of a person afflicted by the psychological scars of cult membership, you do have your drawbacks. You suffer predictably from the unfocused nature of your story, a product of its commitment to psychological reality. There is a certain amount of lag in your midsection, and Martha’s behavior is so effectively odd and dysfunctional that it would not be out of the realm of possibility that someone would actually find her character abrasive. That, in addition to the aforementioned ambiguity of the narrative, may turn off some people. For me, however, you were an interesting, well made and worthwhile film.


Brian J. Roan