Showing independent and foreign films weekly on the Purdue campus. All screenings are subject to availability; we will make every effort to show the listed films as shown. We will update this list if/when changes need to be made.

The Fall 2016 Season runs September 2-December 16, 2016. All screenings but one for this season begin at 7:00 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive. Parking is available in the University Street parking garage, on the Purdue University campus. (Screening on September 9 will be in Forney Hall, G124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, parking in Northwestern Avenue garage.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 20, 2012 - "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (2011)

Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011
Director: T. Sean Durkin
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 102 min

After escaping from a violent cult in rural New York, Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) tries to reconnect with her estranged sister, Lucy (Sarah Paulson), and Lucy's well-to-do husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy), but the brainwashing she endured continues to prevent her from forming an identity of her own. Overwhelmed with paranoia, guilt and shame, Martha isolates herself until Lucy begins to suspect her sister's emotional trauma has deeper underlying causes. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language
U.S. box office: $2,981,638

Rating for last week's film ("The Way I Spent the End of the World", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: I'm pretty sure that the Romanian people understood this movie more than our Cinematheque audience. And yet, the almost chaotic story telling could be seen as a mirror to the way of life for the Romanian people under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. Through their personal interactions, the main characters personify the relationship of the people to the government. They also offer multiple perspectives from which to view the tyranny of the regime. Interesting stuff . . . and made better by discussion afterward. The two main characters - Eva and Lalaliu - were great, as well.

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