Thursday, May 5, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

The first trailer to Martha Marcy May Marlene, a hit of this years Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Best Director prize for Sean Durkin, and soon to be showing at this years Cannes Film Festival.  The tongue twister title concerns a young girl (Elizabeth Olsen) trying to re-assimilate after being taken in a cult.  Recent Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) continues his tradition of playing oily slimeballs.  We shall find out in July what the will come of this: Sundance hits don't always translate outside of Park City, but when they do-- Little Miss Sunshine, The Kids Are All Right, Precious, for recent examples-- well, they do.  And it doesn't help to have a canny promoter of potentially difficult subject matter with Fox Searchlight, currently in a small way saving the cinematic landscape, thanks to backing up tough sells like Black Swan and The Tree of Life, shocking isn't that the house that Rupert built has actually done a bit of good.

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