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Sound of My Voice (2011)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  3 August 2012 (UK)
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Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future.

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Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future.

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Rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$36,134 (USA) (27 April 2012)

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$405,614 (USA) (22 June 2012)
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The first in an intended trilogy of films following Maggie and her cult. Though well-received, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij have said they do not know if the subsequent films will ever be produced. See more »

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When Peter & Lorna were blindfolded at the beginning of the film before being driven to Maggie's location for the first time, the blindfolds changed from being narrow to wide and then back to narrow again. See more »

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Peter Aitken: Somewhere in the valley, there is a woman living in a basement. She's actually amassing followers. these people believe that she will actually lead them to salvation, or whatever. And yes, she's dangerous - but we have to see this thing through. All the way.
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Is it clever or played too safe?
2 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I will not be spoiling things for anyone but the question I asked at the conclusion of this film was doubled edged. Perhaps I'd better explain.

However you read this story it is very cleverly interwoven by the characters involved. We really don't know who is playing tricks with our minds or who is actually being totally honest because that is what the script demands. It is as much about our own doubts and fears as the player's in character doubts and fears. And don't the players do well? Brit Marling is a fine actor and writer. Here she plays a cult leader who is from, so she claims, the future, sent back to rescue members of the cult and take them to a safe place. In the meanwhile Peter (Denham) a young teacher, and Lorna (Vicius) a Hollywood director's daughter, set up an investigation to expose the fraud by infiltrating the cult. The film is set in ten chapters or steps. Each step has its own special message and the film is worth seeing twice to get to the heart of these.

I found this film deeply mysterious and questioning of value systems. In particular it is asking us to lose our conscious, critical nature which, so the cult claims, poisons us as do many things we indulge. Each time we see an opening to revealing whether Maggie (Marling) is fact or fiction, there is, almost immediately a doubt. Maggie in the meantime reveals little to set our minds at rest and yet, she infers so much, it is hard to doubt her story.

The plot is given several interesting twists and turns which only baffle us further, until, in the concluding moments whatever you believe is finally challenged and it is time to make up your mind.

I really enjoyed Marling's Another Earth and this, whilst so very different, still bears her quality hallmark.

Recommended for thoughtful people.


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