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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Skyscraper Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally intended as an ongoing web series, that's why the film is broken up in the parts. The filmmakers decided to release what was filmed as a feature film and make more films to form a trilogy. 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

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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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Creepy Cults in Movies (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Sound of My Voice is Best of the Fest
6 April 2011 | by tovareeshmakcSee all my reviews

I saw this film at SXSW where it was playing following the film's premiere at Sundance. The film is about 2 documentary filmmakers who are determined to expose a cultleader, played by Brit Marling, as a fraud. The more time they spend with the cult, however, the more the filmmaker's relationship to each other is tested -- one continues to dismiss the cult as a hoax while the other considers the possibility, ever so slight, that the central claim of the cult leader may be true. Unlike many low-budget Indie films, the pacing was superb -- there was never a dull moment that made the film feel slow. This is partly due to the film's well-crafted suspense - we, as an audience, are constantly asking ourselves the same question that the protagonists ask: could the cult leader possibly be telling the truth? This film leaves you guessing until the end and when the answer is finally revealed, you are left with a desire for more. The only weakness is a few confusing scenes - (e.g., an FBI investigator debugs her hotel room without explanation. A young girl behaves strangely in class and its never revealed why.) According to interviews, director Zal Batmanglij is working on a trilogy that will continue the story -- very exciting news. Perhaps most satisfying about this film is that it shows that you can make a compelling story come to life on a shoe-string budget. I think this film would play well to mainstream audiences and it deserves a wider release.


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