Martha Marcy May Marlene makes extensive use of two locations – a farmhouse, where Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) lives before running away, and a lake house, where she stays with her sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her sister’s husband Ted (Hugh Dancy).
In an interview with Interiors, writer and director Sean Durkin spoke about the use of space and the function of these locations in his directorial debut film:
“There’s no past, there’s no future, there’s only the present and there’s no time, and that basically becomes the state of mind for Martha’s point of view. That’s why I never thought of them as flashbacks. I just thought of them from Martha’s point of view that it’s all just happening at the same time.”