History Film / MarthaMarcyMayMarlene

6th Jul '17 12:05:01 PM JamesAustin
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The film was well-received, picking up a directorial award at Sundance. Critics particularly praised the unsettling storyline and the performances by Olsen and Hawkes, with many especially surprised by Olsen's performance, considering who her [[MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen sisters]] are (in his review, Creator/RogerEbert quipped that "Elizabeth Olsen can know that no one will ever ask, 'Which one is she?'").
6th Jul '17 12:03:12 PM JamesAustin
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[[caption-width-right:314:What? No, I'm [[BlatantLies absolutely fine, I swear.]]]]

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Half averted. The scenes with the cult were actually shot at a farm in the Catskills. The scenes at Lucy and Ted's house, while represented as being in Connecticut, were also filmed in the Catskills.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: At the beginning of the movie, Martha explains her lack of contact with Lucy over the last two years by saying she lost her cell phone and "got used to living without it."[[note]]The director's same-universe short ''Mary Last Seen'' suggests the cult may have stolen and destroyed it as part of her recruitment.[[/note]]. All the other phones we see in the movie are land lines. Justified perhaps by taking place in rural areas that in real life do have rather spotty cell coverage.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Half averted. The scenes with the cult were actually shot at a farm in the Catskills. The scenes at Lucy and Ted's house, while represented as being in Connecticut, were also filmed in the Catskills.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: At the beginning of the movie, Martha explains her lack of contact with Lucy over the last two years by saying she lost her cell phone and "got used to living without it."[[note]]The director's same-universe short ''Mary Last Seen'' suggests the cult may have stolen and destroyed it as part of her recruitment.[[/note]]. [[/note]] All the other phones we see in the movie are land lines. Justified perhaps by taking place in rural areas that in real life do have rather spotty cell coverage.
2nd Jun '17 6:38:01 AM hubakon1368
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* SkinnyDipping: Martha does this at one point.
-->'''Ted:''' That's an interesting choice of swimwear.
3rd Mar '16 11:50:12 PM DanielCase
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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: A man who the audience has never seen before shows up to watch Martha swimming and then follows Lucy and Ted's car. Is he a member of the cult? Or is Martha just hallucinating? [[EpilepticTrees Did a cult exist in the first place, or did Martha imagine the whole thing? Is the whole movie symbolism for an abusive relationship?]]]]
7th Jan '16 11:38:30 PM DanielCase
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* DeadAlternateCounterpart: InUniverse: The cultists rationalize their apparent murder of someone whose home they were invading by invoking the inversion of this trope.
7th Jan '16 11:34:25 PM DanielCase
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* InTheBack: How Katie stabs the homeowner who catches Patrick, Martha and the other two cult members burglarizing his house.
7th Jan '16 11:19:11 PM DanielCase
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: After another one of the cult's women kills the supposedly sick cat when Martha fails to, Max kills the other cat, only for Patrick to criticize him for doing so so needlessly as the cat he killed was not the sick one.
* EvilPhone: The suggested reason why Martha disconnected the phone (see above)



* EvilPhone: The suggested reason why Martha disconnected the phone (see above)
7th Jan '16 11:06:44 PM DanielCase
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* PromotionToParent: Lucy to Martha, since it's implied both of their parents died sometime ago. Her handling of the role also seems to have been a past source of friction between them.[[note]]For purposes of the filming, the actresses worked out the backstory between them so they knew exactly what they were talking about, even if it's not elaborated on.[[/note]]
7th Jan '16 11:00:38 PM DanielCase
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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: This dynamic seems to exist between Lucy and Martha.
7th Jan '16 10:53:41 PM DanielCase
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* HousePseudonym: Cult members must identify themselves as either "Marlene Lewis" or "Michael Lewis" when answering the phone.
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