Martha Marcy May Marlene

Movie • 2011 • Drama  

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After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, but the memories of what she experienced in the cult make peace hard to find. As flashbacks continue to torment her, Martha fails to shake a terrible sense of dread, especially in regard to the cult's manipulative leader.
This movie contains 26 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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See dies a cat die, probably answered before does a cat die added
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is there body horror?
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Sort of. It’s more of a case of she’s gaslit so hard into essentially thinking she isn’t being abused
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Abandonment
Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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A woman is consistently abused by a man who she believes loves her. A character kicks their in law down the stairs - the person is okay.
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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MingaLei
It’s a cult so lots of people are gaslighted
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Is a child abused?
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Not on screen but there are children in the cult and they practice things like food restriction
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LeslieP
Drugs are put into a drink and given to someone who doesn’t know.
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Is there addiction?
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Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
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Are animals abused?
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A cat is shot (off camera)
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Not onscreen, but it’s clear a cat was killed.
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Two cats are shot off screen
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is there pedophilia?
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Sickboy
Not outright, but some of the girls in the cult look quite young.
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Is rape mentioned?
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Sort of. 2 characters discuss what has just happened with main expressing confusion (she was drugged) with one of the brainwashed characters rationalising it away and encouraging her that it’s happened to them all and it’s all part of the process. The word is never actually used in the movie as far as i recall
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Graphic rape scene at ~26 mins
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Larkinik
During an anxiety attack
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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The cult coerces and later forces people into things like food restriction and rape, but otherwise, no.
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elfizowa
Just a few and with no injuries
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Andi
Not explicitly. But there are no female babies in the cult which is very suspicious....
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Does a major character die?
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Cat

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Does someone die?
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TBN1994
The house they break into they likely killed them although deaths aren’t on screen
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
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Sickboy
Not outright but it’s lightly implied a character is kidnapped or killed towards the end of the movie.
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Does a parent die?
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Larkinik2
Mentioned that the sisters mother died when Martha was younger.
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Does someone cheat?
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TBN1994
Not strictly speaking, the cult is not exactly encouraging monogamy though
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Not onscreen. But the sisters discuss their mother dying when Martha was young and her sister was in college
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Fear
Are there jump scares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Multiple scenes. Large lake and what looks like a river/creek system
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Is there a shower scene?
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Main character wets herself while sleeping
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Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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LeslieP
But there is discussion of it
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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MingaLei
Main character has PTSD from being in a cult
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Does someone self harm?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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Martha believes she sees a cult member at her sisters party (it’s never confirmed if she was right) and gets angry and then has a panic attack
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Is there misophonia?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Very public anxiety attack. She essentially needs to be sedated to stop
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Sickboy
The cult only eats one meal per day, even if members are hungry, which could potentially fall into the eating disorder category. But otherwise, no.
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
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Couple shots where the camera goes underwater. Nobody is in danger while underwater though
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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MingaLei
In the very beginning of the movie
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
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No way of knowing. Martha thinks she is and the film never confirms or denies whether she is really being watched or if it’s her PTSD
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there n-words?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
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TBN1994
The cult leader is in his late 40s or such, the girls are all largely younger. The youngest (Martha and Sarah) are probably very early 20s at best
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Religious
Are there demons or Hell?
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Sex
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A brief but graphic scene where multiple couples are having sex in one room as a man watches them. Two characters have sex but stop when they realize another character is in the room with them (no nudity).
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Scene where multiple people swim nude together, nudity partially but not fully obscured by the water. A character undresses completely before jumping into the water, and she is briefly seen naked from behind. Some nudity is the sex scene with multiple couples.
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Is there bestiality?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
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Martha doesn’t have a home, which they point out but she has her sister to turn to.
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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It is heavily implied that the ending is bleak but we don’t see the grim results.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Sickboy
No, but a scene cuts off implying a car will rear end another. However, we never see it.
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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A man is stabbed to death, though we never see the nice. Some blood is shown on the murderer’s clothes.
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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