Each year Sundance highlights a handful of the most exciting independent films – movies like The Hurt Locker and Winter’s Bone that often take bold narrative and formal risks to create more unique and memorable films – and this year was no exception. Emerging from the pack (amid the season’s early Oscar speculation) is Martha Marcy May Marlene. After months of mounting an aggressive online marketing campaign to promote it, the film finally hit theaters. It didn’t disappoint. Martha Marcy May Marlene paints a deeply unsettling, terrifyingly disturbing, and richly atmospheric portrait of a disturbed young woman struggling to maintain her own identity.