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Sound of My Voice (2011)

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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 are determined to expose the truth about Maggie, the mysterious leader of a secretive cult who claims to belong to the year 2054. Although they believe that everything is nothing more than a fraud, the filmmakers end up driven by her charisma. Written by MadMovieManiac

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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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Brit Marling wrote the role of Maggie with herself in mind to play the part. See more »

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When driving after the first visit with Maggie, the speedometer stays at zero the whole time. See more »

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Christine: Maggie? Are you dying?
Maggie: Yeah. So are you. So is PJ. Joanne's dying. Peter's dying. Lorna's dying. Every life is a death. And most deaths are suicides.
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Either You Stay Or You Go
Performed by Libby Gery
Music and Lyrics by Rostam Batmanglij
2011 Rostam Batmanglij Music (ASCAP)
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A Decent First Effort at the Conflict between Faith and Reason
12 March 2011 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Sound of My Voice at its SXSW following its premiere at Sundance. It is a weird little film about a two documentary filmmakers investigating Maggie - a cult leader who claims to have traveled back from the future. It was made on a shoestring budget which can be seen in some of its sound and editing. While the film is a decent first effort by some talented amateur filmmakers, it feels oddly unfinished. The acting is okay, but nothing spectacular. The script is a classic presentation of the one of the oldest of cinematic and literary conflicts between faith and reason. Do you believe that Maggie is a time traveler or is she a fraud? The journey is perhaps more interesting than where it ultimately ends up. The trip to that end is worthwhile and really quite creepy and disturbing at times. Maggie is a perplexing enigma and the cult's beliefs and rituals are quite mind-boggling.

The cult members seem quite willing to believe anything in the existential quest to give their lives some meaning. They seem to want to be led somewhere and Maggie is very willing to take them. In that sense one can ask what the real difference is between a cult and an established religion. Many scholars would say not that much other than how long they've been around. The final twist is ultimately not all that shocking or truly expected. Still, a good first effort that may allow the filmmakers to move on to bigger and better stuff.


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