History Film / MarthaMarcyMayMarlene

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.
7th Jan '16 10:36:58 PM DanielCase
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* CharacterTitle: Played with by all four names being used at different times for the main character.
7th Jan '16 10:32:07 PM DanielCase
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* WakeupMakeup: Martha the morning after her FreakOut.
7th Jan '16 10:27:14 PM DanielCase
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* 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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* CutPhoneLines: After Martha calls the cult from Lucy's house and hangs up after a short conversation, the phone rings. Martha immediately disconnects it.


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* EvilPhone: The suggested reason why Martha disconnected the phone (see above)
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