Martha Marcy May Marlene (★★★★★ DVD/Blu-ray Review)

MMMMSquareA star is born as Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of the Olsen twins) plays Martha, a young woman struggling to piece her life back together after escaping a sinister cult led by the charismatic sexual predator Patrick (Deadwood’s John Hawkes). Hawkes, who received an Academy Award nomination for a relatively minor role in Winter’s Bone, is terrific; as is Sarah Paulson, as the older sister who takes Martha in after her traumatic experience. But this is every inch Olsen’s film: her performance, along with Tilda Swinton’s devastating turn in We Need to Talk About Kevin, was the greatest omissions from last year’s Academy Award® nominees for Best Actress. A moving, mesmerising, mind-blowing masterpiece. ★★★★★

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