James Dempsey: Not the sort of film you'd expect from the youngest of the Olsen sisters
Published 03/02/2012 | 12:14
TODAY marks the release of Martha Marcy May Marlene, the dark and twisted tale of a young woman’s escape from a violent sect that took Sundance by storm last year and has already made a cult star out of its beguiling heroine, Elizabeth Olsen.
The film, from writer-director Sean Durkin, sees the multi-named mainstay struggle with rebuilding her family life and sanity, all the while coming to terms with her painful memories and deepening paranoia. A chilling psychological thriller, Olsen’s Martha makes for the best kind of uncomfortable viewing, tense and unsettling in lingering scenes of menace and manipulation. Her performance is pitch perfect, dominating the film and will haunt you for days.
Not, perhaps, what you would expect from the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley.