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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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Zal Batmanglij
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Denham ... Peter Aitken
Nicole Vicius ... Lorna Michaelson
Brit Marling ... Maggie
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Carol Briggs
Kandice Stroh ... Joanne
Richard Wharton ... Klaus
Christy Meyers ... Mel
Alvin Lam ... Lam
Constance Wu ... Christine
Matthew Carey ... Lyle
Jacob Price Jacob Price ... PJ
David Haley ... O'Shea
James Urbaniak ... Mr. Pritchett
Annie O'Donnell ... Mrs. Dewitt
Laura Leyva ... Principal Garner
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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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Official Sites:

FOX [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Seita Misteriosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,134, 29 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$405,614, 24 June 2012
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Production Co:

Skyscraper Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maggie: The ones who will not only survive but will thrive... are the ones who realize that there's nothing to be afraid of.
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Connections

Featured in The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Still My Baby (Tigerheart)
Performed by Libby Gery
Music and Lyrics by Rostam Batmanglij
2011 Rostam Batmanglij Music (ASCAP)
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One of the best of Sundance
30 January 2011 | by marc-262See all my reviews

Sound of My Voice was one of the best-crafted feature films at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to secure a ticket for the screening at The Library theater, and the place was packed.

Sound of My Voice is the story of two amateur documentary filmmakers who decide to infiltrate a secretive cult run by a mysterious woman who calls herself Maggie. They want to expose the cult for reasons that become apparent later in the film. Sound of My Voice is a thriller, so it is hard to describe much without giving away key plot elements, so I will simply say that the acting is superb throughout.

The real standout is double-threat Britt Marling who not only stars as Maggie, but also co-wrote the screenplay with Zal Batmanglij (Marling also co-wrote and starred in Another Earth -- which was also a Sundance standout).

The cinematography, editing, and score lend just the right edgy feel to this film. Even though Sound of My Voice was shot on a micro-budget, it pays off better than most of the indie films one sees at your local art house. In fact, I could easily see this film crossing over to play at some commercial theaters in large cities. You will be on the edge of your seat, desperately trying to discover the truth, and when the lights come up, Sound of My Voice will both satisfy and leave you begging for more.


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