It's funny. In the space of a week I had watched three completely different filmed productions all centred around the ideas of seccular cult-ish retreats. All of differing interpretions,all with differing results.
Martha Marcy May Marlene, was a slightly chilling psycholgical thriller. I liked the order of progress in which the film took, the setting; and whilst the environment is predominantly bright summery weather, this works to somewhat highlight, even more, the dark nature, and consequences, of the events and seclusion. The progression of the increasing paranoia and psychological damage of Martha is slowly revealed, along with the severity of what occurred during her time "away"; which was felt greatly, in thanks, to the performance of Elizabeth Olsen. John Hawkes is, again, completely believable in his role, but the centre lead female Olsen was a standout; much like Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, (which Hawkes also starred in). I'm not too sure, but it seems as if this was overlooked for the "major"(
) Awards chat at the time, but, I don't think those involved would worry too much about that.
Oh, the other two were Psych
season 6, Episode 8: "The Tao of Gus"
; and the Paul Rudd, Jennifer Anniston movie, Wanderlust
. Take from that what you will.