Thursday, 3 October 2013

Screencap Of The Week

Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin, 2011 @0hr28m39s 

Cult leader Patrick (John Hawkes) uses one of the collective's play-and-share sessions to serenade the group's newest addition - Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) - who far from discomforted, watches transfixed.

Marcy's Song, written by Jackson C. Frank and performed so memorably in the film by Hawkes, is the perfect sonic version of the hypnotist's swinging pocket-watch. It's a scene of immense conflict - the sincerity of the performance, the silent emotional transaction between Patrick and Martha, the free-range bohemian setting. The use of the song as the indoctrination's prologue is at once beautifully captivating and deeply disturbing.