Essay on Martha Marcy May Marlene up on The Female Gaze

I loved this film, loved it in the most stressed out sort of a way. A taster:

 

This is the story of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen, in a debut role), who becomes alternatively ‘Marcy May’ and ‘Marlene,’ and, with a great tremulousness, steps back towards Martha again. It’s the story of a fractured identity, and the things that get in the cracks made when a name is detached from a person. It’s the story of fractured sibling relationships, paranoia, and of the significance and dissonance of place in respect to human tensions. Martha Marcy May Marlene also made me gnaw off the tips of all my fingernails while watching, and then have to take a walk afterwards in an attempt to shift all that tension lingering against my skin like a cool, menacing vapour.

 

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