Martha Marcy May Marlene

Synopsis: Martha has run away from an abusive hippie-like cult where she was living as Marcy May for two years. She turns to her sister and brother-in-law who take her in and want to help her. The problem is Martha is having a hard time separating dreams from reality and when haunting memories of her past keep resurfacing, she may need more help than anyone is able to give her.
Director(s): Sean Durkin
Production: Fox Searchlight
  22 wins & 70 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

- And so, heh...

- Heh.

I chose jellyfish as my favorite...

You all fed? Yeah?


Marcy! Marcy May!

Where you going?

Marcy, what are you doing here?

Worried about you.

Well, I'm fine.

Yeah? And Patrick is worried about you.

I just wanted to come into town.

Oh, I could have given you a ride.

I wanted to walk.

Through the woods?

Can I get you something?

No, thank you.

Are you done?



You're not gonna finish that?

Okay, thanks.


Ready to go?

Not right now.


Hey, don't do that. Come here.

You're shaking.

Calm down.

All right. You take care of yourself.


He. Ho?

- Martha?

- Yeah.

Where are you? Where have you been?

Uh, I'm not sure. I'm upstate, I think.

You're in New York?

Yeah, I think.

When did you get back?

How long have you been here?


Martha, what's wrong?

I don't know. Um...

I should go back.

Go back where?

Martha, what happened? Are you okay?

Um, I have to go. Um...

I can't stay gone, so...

No, no, no, don't go.

What are you talking about?


I'm sorry for calling.

Please don't hang up.

Don't hang up the phone.

Find out where you are

and! will come get you.


I can't wait that long.

What do you mean? Tell me where you are

and I will come right now.

No, it's okay, you don't have to.

Martha, I wanna see you. Please.



I made you some tea.


You're dripping everywhere.

Ted should be up from the city soon,

make us some dinner.

I'm pretty tired.

Is it okay if I just go to bed?


Get a good night's sleep tonight

and you'll be as good as new tomorrow.

- Hi.

- Hey.


- Well?

- She seems okay.

What did she say?

Not much.

She's really tired.

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

Where's she been?

She had some boyfriend.

They were living in the Catskills.

- What?

- It's okay.

Heh, it's not really, Lucy.

It's fine.

She's here now.


- How long is she gonna be staying again?

- Ha-ha-ha!

Oh, Martha.

- Welcome.

- Hi.

- Great to finally meet you.

- Yeah.

- Did you sleep all right?

- Mm-hm.


So how do you like our house?

It's nice.

It's just a rental.

Yeah, well, I love it.


I didn't know there was a lake.

Mm. Yeah.

Do you still like to swim?

- You don't still live in the city?

- Heh, heh.

We do. We just like to come up here

on weekends and holidays.

You know. Ted is working

on this new building downtown...

and as soon as it's finished...

we're taking one of the apartments.

Do you wanna see pictures?

Do you think she's excited

to have you back?

This is just the view, and obviously

the interiors aren't finished...

- but it's nice, right?

- Mm-hm.

We were supposed to move in

in the spring...

but, uh, construction was halted, so

it's gonna be just a little while longer.

Yes, just a little while longer.

Okay, sorry, no more work talk.

Aren't you hungry?

Not really, sorry.

Well, you have to eat something.

It's okay,

I can make you something later.

Where are we?


Well, how far are we?

From what?


You mean from where I picked you up?

About three hours. Why?

I was just wondering.

Put out your cigarette.


Just do it.

Is that him?



Is this Martha?


- How you doing?

- Great.

Oh, you've got a really nice place here.

It's as much yours as it is mine.

- I thought you quit.

- I did.

I worry for you.

I know.

I'm sorry.

Don't apologize to me. It's your body.

Zoe, look after this girl.

For once in her life,

she deserves some real care.

I will.

She's been great.

Everyone's been really great.



You look like a Marcy May.

Marcy was my grandmother's name.

Wow, there you go.


I'm going in.

Do you wanna join'?


- You coming?

- In a minute.


That is an interesting choice

of swim wear.

Martha, get out of the water.

- What?

- Get out of the water.

Why aren't you wearing any clothes?

What is wrong with you?

- You can't do that around here, you know.

- Why?

Because there are kids around.

People come by.

- So?

- You just can't, OK? Get outta the water.

We don't do that kind of thing.

Get out.

You could have asked me.

I have a bathing suit you could borrow.

What's wrong with you?


Hey, hey, Marcy.

- Max.

- Hey.

- Where do they go at night?

- Uh...

Pfft! I don't know. Heh.

I never get invited.

You wanna have a drink with me?

They won't be back for a few hours.

I shouldn't.

I'm not gonna drink for a while, actually.

I think it's a good idea for me.

All right.

Wake up, everybody.

Good morning.

We switch out jobs each day

so we all know how to do different things.

Do you knit?


I can learn, though.

Oh, no, that's okay.

You'll find your role.

It takes time for people

to find their role in a new family.

Mostly, we sell blankets in town

because we still need some money.

But once the farm is up and running,

we'll be self-sufficient...

and we'll never have

to worry about it again.

Hey. I'm sorry, Patrick. Hey.

- What're you sorry for'?

- Ahem.

Um, here.

How are you, man?

Good, you?

Feels like...

- It's a really great consistency.

- Yeah, and it's sticky.

And it holds together like glue.

- And it can flow around. Like...

- You should talk to her.

That's why I need to

figure out how to do it.


Yeah, you'll figure it out. Don't look...

How's everything

going so far, Marcy May?

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Sean Durkin

Sean Durkin (born December 9, 1981) is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. He won the Dramatic Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for Martha Marcy May Marlene. His short film, Mary Last Seen, on the same theme as Martha, won the award for best short film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight. In 2013 Durkin directed the Channel 4 drama series Southcliffe starring Sean Harris and Rory Kinnear. more…

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