"Martha Marcy May Marlene" is a drama movie released in 2011.
"Martha Marcy May Marlene" is, and that is most important, and independent film. Fans of the big, loud action blockbusters will most likely be unsatisfied with this one, while fans of calmer, more thoughtful movies will be excited and fascinated. And considering that is has not been made with a quite so big budget, it is good. That may be because of the innovative and fascinating plot, involving around a kind-of-sort-of sect and a woman that has managed to flee from this lifestyle, but now suffers extreme paranoia.
Also, what we got on the positive side is the brilliant acting from each cast member, and the unsettling, intense athmosphere.
But also, at certain parts it seems a little TOO heavy on its calm suspense. Especially since the movie has barely ever score music, and so there are some parts in this movie that can seem all too lengthy. There are several moments you could take out without harming the movie too much.
It is far away from being a bad movie, but it isn't quite the highlight it could have been.
(SPOILERS may follow:)
As for the age restriction: a man makes women high on drugs, then rapes (?) them, as part of a ritual. The women are kind of sort of willing, but you have to consider they're under drug influence.
A man and a women have sex, but get interrupted by Martha, who is coming into the room.
A man is knifed unexpectedly (not too strong, but a bit of a jump moment).
A woman is asked to shoot a cat, which is said to be sick, in order to relieve it, but she doesn't. But then a man does the job for her, but accidentally shooting the wrong cat (the cats are never seen, but for animal lovers it can seem cruel).
There is frequent R-language.
The sex scenes are not too graphic, but you have to consider the circumstances. The violence is very infrequent, but when it happens, it can be shocking. The whole athmosphere is dark and intense.
It is recommended for viewers 15 and up.