A Simple Man
A soft Repulsion with the most brilliant ending. And what a great surprise Elizabeth Olsen was. Few informations about the cult, though.
Amazing atmosphere which drives this enigmatic script of this girl debating herself between two worlds. On the downside you'll be wanting to know more at the end.
Durkin writes the Manson Family minus a leader of true charisma and the manic joy of the Family itself. Is that the point? That in our dull age, with our new mind-cinching pills, all youth really wants is to feel dopey and garden? Maybe just belonging is enough. Even the film's form suggests this with its sedated pace, dreamy last act and disinterest in emotional insight. Still, an affecting flick that stuck with me.
Instant favorite. I loved the cinematography - great framing, lens choice, zooms/dollies. I wasn't a fan of the coloring, though; maybe it was our TV but some of the shots were over-manipulated. It took me out of it a few times. Elizabeth Olsen was incredible, though, she gave such a raw performance. It was great to see isolation/paranoia portrayed so subtly and artistically. I really loved this movie.
Elisabeth is the true star of the Olsen sisterhood. She shines so bright with her assured performance of a damaged soul, wrecked by a horrific cult leader who is played by an equally amazing Hawkes. A harrowing story, masterfully directed is not an easy watch which might haunt you the same way Martha is haunted in the film by her ordeals.
Great cinematography, well directed, nicely acted, but the question is: Are anti-climatic open endings the new "black"? Very trendy lately... but if not done well they could also seem "hollow".
My rate: 95% - Upon watching this psychological thriller/cult, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Director Sean Durkin masterfully elaborate the story underlying the mental and the mindset of the main character with transitions between the past and the present. All of which were wrapped up in an unsettling atmosphere. I was lured in by the film's unnerving atmosphere. A few people who have seen this film complained about the unresolved ending. Did it even matter after all that riveting experience?! Certainly didn't matter to me. Elizabeth Olsen as the main cast is mesmerizing in the lead role. I thought she gave a strong performance and was such a candy-eye. She looked so much like a young Maggie Gyllenhaal!
Very atmospheric and naturalistic piece of dramatic horror, Elizabeth Olsen is just incredibly beautiful and expressive as the hell inside her manifests itself on flashbacks with the unnerving presence of a wonderfully creepy John Hawkes, however I found the passive reaction of the sister to everything that happened very frustrating; i know that's part of the point but at some moments it really hurt the film.