A solid debut. Loved the tension, the gorgeous cinematography and Elizabeth Olsen's performance. I agree that Patrick is a very week Alpha-male. With a stronger character the whole cult-thing would've been more credible. 4 stars.
I can't even describe how much I love Elizabeth Olsen's performance even since the first time I ever saw the film. Her subtle, natural, impressive, spontaneous and realistic work haunted me for weeks.
This is extremely shallow approach to the subject of religious cults. Also it is not different in any way from average Hollywood movie, it is even worse when it comes to the question of dominant ideology/world view. It sells status quo and supports conservative view on individual-society relation. And bad as a movie. Kitsch on every level. Pretentious and not even entertaining. Sorry.
Tense from the beginning to the end, the film grows into a psychological drama with a very risky and ambiguous (but excellent) ending. Loved Elizabeth Olsen here, a really bold performance.
John Hawkes gave me the freakin' creeps in this.
A soft Repulsion with the most brilliant ending. And what a great surprise Elizabeth Olsen was. Few informations about the cult, though.
I enjoyed everything about this movie (except i didn't see one person of color in the entire film, but what else is new). Personally i loved the ending, we were left with little information and I felt the was the right choice(for an ending).
4 stars. my only real complaint is i wish it had been longer and a tad more fleshed out. i like the ambiguity but i still wanted to see more of what her life at the commune was like, both her good and bad experiences.
Brilliant and terrifying!
A teacher and a leader... Beware.
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.
man o man the end made me angry
Elizabeth Olsen is spectacular, and the ending is superb.
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.
any recommendation for movie like this with ambiguous ending ?
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.