RELEASES! Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! Strangers on a train (1951)

April 26, 2012

The next week we have several holidays then it is a good moment to going to the cinema and to watch an English film. Curiously, this weekend we do not have important releases and there are not movies, talked in the language we are learning, in Filmoteca Española. Therefore I review the major British titles of the card:


Wuthering Heights [Cumbres borrascosas] (Andrea Arnold, 2011)

Tyrannosaur [Redención] (Paddy Considine, 2011)

We nee to talk about Kevin [Tenemos que hablar de Kevin] (Lynne Ramsay, 2011)

Shame [Shame] (Steve McQueen, 2011)

My week with Marylin [Mi semana con Marylin] (Simon Curtis, 2011)

The best exotic Marygold Hotel [El exótico hotel Marygold] (John Madden, 2011)

Salmo fishing in the Yemen [La pesca del salmón en Yemen] (Lasse Hallström, 2011)


RELEASES! Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

The last independent cinema sensation is released in Spain with an additional morbidity: Elizabeth Olsen. You will know her because she has two well-known sisters, all over the world. The hysterical, irritating and famous ¡Olsen Twins! But, Elizabeth is not at fault to have two terrible sisters; indeed, this film has shown it can become a good actress. She was nominated in the last Critics Choice Awards along with Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron and Michelle Williams.

This movie is a psychologist drama, very intense, with good reviews and some prizes. Recommended!

Martha Marcy May Marlene [Martha Marcy May Marlene]-2011 Directed by Sean Durkin

Screenplay: Sean Durkin

Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Brady Corbet, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson

Genre: Drama | Thriller | Indie cinema

Length: 102 min.

Synopsis: Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.IMDb

The New York Observer has written:


Movie Scene (VOSE):


BASIC CLASSICS! Strangers on a train (1951)

Patricia Highsmith in honored in  Círculo de Bellas Artes cinema with four admirable films. One of them is this Hitchcock’s adaptation: Strangers on a train. A very famous plot where two unknown meets in a train and, after a conversation, they decide to kill the person who ruins their lives, respectively… You will eat your nails!


Strangers on a train [Extraños en un tren]-1951  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay: Raymond Chandler & Czenzi Ormonde (Novela: Patricia Highsmith)

Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Patricia Hitchcock, Marion Lorne

Genre: Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery

Length: 101 min.

Synopsis: A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.IMDb

The New York Times has written:


Motion Project from the film:

Wikipedia: The… is the debut extended play by South Korean boyband JYJ, a group formed of three of the five members of TVXQ. It was released in Japanese language under Rhythm Zone, the band’s former Japanese label as a part of TVXQ. The release was commercially successful, reaching number one on Oricon’s weekly albums chart.


  1. Strangers in a train, based on a novel by Patricia Higthsmith, a reputed writer of mistery stories, is not one of my favourite Hitchcock’s films. Even so, it has very good scenes, and the portrait of the different characters is masterful. I have some problems with Hitchcock, he made some films that I like very much (Psycho, Rebecca, The Lady Vanishes, Vertigo, The Rope, Thorn Curtain, Notorious, North by North West…), but he made also some that I can not bear and which are, in my opinion, totally over estimated (Frenzy, Topaz, The Birds, To Catch a Thief…) Even so, this one is among those ones which realy deserve to be watched.

    Sadly, I am going to the countryside, in where there is no cinema, and even if there it were, I run off budget for leisure.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. After a long time absence, here I am again… And what a new beginning… ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ is… unusual… shocking. I cannot even manage to give my opinion! I have to reflect… Olsen is fantastic. The story, oh dear, is so creepy! Poor Marcy May, poor Martha, poor Marlene! Poor sister and poor brother-in-law! The man of the cult… scary… What about his theory about death being pure love? I think these things only happen in America. Don´t you think? It is very late, I think I´d better go to bed and write tomorrow… What a film! You will find the end… interesting.
    Have you seen it? I´m dying to read your opinions… if you can make one!

  3. No, I haven’t…The last films I have seen are The Abominable Dr. Phibes, with Vincent Price, a gorgeous parody of horror movies, and a silent version of Oliver Twist, that I thouthg about comenting it in the Great Expectations post, but I decided not to do, because I didn’t like it very much, despite the presence in this film of the great Lon Chaney Sr, one of my favorite silent actors.

    Have a nice weekend, and tell us later more about this film.

  4. The film is about the vulnerability of a woman who falls under the influence of a cult. They all live isolated from society, follow a very weird, non-Christian creed, hear the sermon of a crazy man, the leader. All seem to be “teachers and leaders”, what they teach or what they lead, I do not know. They gather together in the evening, sing songs, fuck, eat once a day, raid houses, that only to start with, I will not spoil the story. It is not told why or how the woman gets involved in such a scary way of living, we only know of the reason why she escapes, but she is still haunted by her memories, and the long-term effects of so traumatic an experience. The end is abrupt, but it manages to transmit the tension, the terror. My heart was contracted.

  5. Well, then I would say that it is, more or less, the same thing in all the religions, in which the woman is just to have children or work as a servant, but whitout being paying. I always wonder why all the religions are so misoginist. Do you know that, in Buddism, if you are born as a woman is considered a punishment because the sins you have made in your previous life? In Islam is considered that only three women would reach the paradise, and in Christianity, Saint Thomas of Aquino was not sure about if the women had soul…

    What kind of religious creed follow the people in this film? You said they were not Christian. Have you seen Rosemary’s Baby? I have only seen this one once, and I was so scared that I never saw it again…more knowing all the histories about the film (misterious deaths in the set, the build in which it was shoot was the same in which John Lenon was killed, Mia Farrow divorced Frank Sinatra, Roman Polanski’s wife were killed shortly before by a Satanistic cult…)

  6. If I describe Anti-Christian I will reveal the plot of the film. But it is not satanistic. You´d rather watch it…

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