'Martha Marcy May Marlene': Sean Durkin on creating Martha [video]
In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series Q&A for "Martha Marcy May Marlene," the film's writer-director, Sean Durkin, and breakout star Elizabeth Olsen discuss how together they created the enigmatic puzzle of the film's lead character.
The mouthful of a title comes from the three names Olsen's character goes by in the film (Martha, Marcy May and Marlene), creating a head-spinning confusion for her own sense of self, as once she breaks away from the cult she had fallen in with she struggles to rediscover who she really is inside. The film's buzzing, jangling power comes in no small part from Durkin and Olsen's ability to put the viewer right inside the young woman's head, making her interior struggles understood often without words.
-- Mark Olsen
Photo: Elizabeth Olsen, left, and Sarah Paulson in a scene from "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Credit: Associated Press