I witnessed Sean Durkin’s bold debut at Sundance Film Festival over 8 months ago and it still remains one of my favorites of the year. Martha Marcy May Marlene has since played at Cannes and has been selected for New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival debuts.
Elizabeth Olsen (who out-acts her sisters Mary Kate and Ashley in just this first attempt) gives an Oscar-worthy performances in this Michael Haneke-esque of a woman who battles with normal day life and her harrowing cult past. The drama also stars Winter’s Bone Oscar-nominee John Hawkes, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner, Louisa Krause and Sarah Paulson.
The less you know the better for this one, and Fox Searchlight has just released two trailers, hidden in QR codes. I’ve embedded them here and you can stream them below. The first is a haunting look at this cult life, while the other combines the similar images for a warmer feeling, a great mirror to the actual film. One can also see the first trailer here and our Sundance review here.
EW also premiered two posters, where you can scan the QR codes to also view the trailers.
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE stars Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult.
Martha Marcy May Marlene hits theaters October 21st, 2011.