Director(s): Zal Batmanglij
IMDB Rating: 7.1
A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.
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fureetutawk (12 May 2013)
A mystery about a woman who says she's from the future, is she? Look atthe clues, obviously she is... no wait, look at these clues, obviouslyshe isn't... It's a fun movie although it gets slow at times, the funis in the discussion afterward. Was she from the future? Was she a con?Was she a con from the future? Were those really cops? Blah blah blah.I'd add some spoilers just to have the opportunity to share my opinion,but that would ruin it for you! So, watch the movie. Have fun banteringabout it, that's what this one is made for. I gave only a star of 5because it is low budget with mostly mediocre acting, which isacceptable in this kind of flick.I give honest ratings, a 5 is good. 6-7 is very good and great. 8-9 isexcellent to exceptional. 10 is heaven. 4 and below are varying levelsof torture, with 4 being "could have been good if only..."
Daniel F-P (12 May 2013)
I could easily have spent longer time in Brit Marling's company. She isÂ needless to say Â very beautiful and has this intriguing personalitythat makes you want to know more about her. Also, the film has thisnice slow pace that makes you (that is: me) feel that you are actuallybecoming a part of the cult. And as someone in here has already pointedout: the ending could easily be the point where the movie really takesoff. Instead the ending leaves you with a lot of questions Â which ofcourse is not always a bad thing Â and to my mind the film would havebeen greater if we had gotten some more of the story to work with inthat question-asking phase. Still it's a good film with good acting byMarling as well as Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius. Watching the movie I came to think of Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise andWhat Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams. I think Sound of My Voicehas the same dreamy feeling to it as those two excellent movies.
MYeah_Kendrick (03 May 2013)
Brit Marling already stretched her creativity with the enigmatic Sci-fiAnother Earth, now she's taking a stab at a psychological thriller inSound of My Voice. My main problem with the movie is that it moves tooquickly, with sub plots and ideas that could have been more fleshedout. On top of that, the two lead performances are something of a mixedbag for me. However, it needs to be seen for one reason. Brit Marlingherself. Her script poses some very interesting idealistics and themes,and her performance is superb, feeling alienating in her presence, butat the same time warm and inviting. Can't wait to see what she comes upwith next.**** out of *****
Farron garling (03 May 2013)
Though disjointed in a way; set ups that are never completed, not manyfully developed characters, and lots of unanswered questions Â I feelit works. It works on a higher level, in that, if really put into thatsituation, I'm sure there'd be a mile-long list of unanswered questionsand uncertainties. It held my attention throughout, but not sure if that was due tointerest or confusion. The film was broken into 6(?) Chapters, thoughnot ultimately sure what they were to signify or how they are tied into the story (the only obvious significance was showing the passage oftime). I enjoyed the simplicity of the film, and the fact that the plotwas somewhat original.
valentelauzis (30 April 2013)
Sound of My Voice is one of my favourite movies of 2011. It starts asan investigation, by two undercover journalists, looking to expose amysterious cult leader who claims to have lived in the future andgradually becomes a movie about doubt and belief.Brit Marling plays Maggie, the prophet from the near future come toprepare humanity for the new world. She is fragile and soft spoken butshe seems to have an other-worldly ability to read people.Despite being a movie about faith and scepticism, the director groundsthe movie in the physical, practical, day to day details of thecharacters' actions: the journalists' preparations; the senior cultmembers' precautions and routines to ensure Maggie's safety; a littlegirl's obsession with her toys. These are all subjects of interest forthe camera as if to challenge Maggie's faith based message.There is a lot to think about in Sound of my Voice. I stronglyrecommend this suspenseful yet understated movie that doesn't needspectacular stunts or special effects to keep you on the edge of yourseat.
fahdraza (30 April 2013)
The Movie is Pathetic fiction and the plot understandably tells thestory of suicide at the end by the followers.. my advise to watchROBOCOP instead this.. waste of time.. the CON has already done herhomework and "make believe" to a weak follower. You can judge the wayshe kicks out ones who question her ..!! i mean come on.. if you claimsomething.. people WILL ask for references.. a Flop and "Boxed" moviewith half nudity scenes. ( of shower and nude backs etc) in the endPLEASE go and watch a Baseball match.. the movie has no line,, no story.. no "catching" and obviously like other low budget films has no soliddirections. I mean if you want to tell a story where a girl claim to befrom future and she had followers with weak visions, please make itmore watchable.. the Followers have been blindfolded.. and if youquestion her she kicks you out.. a typical reaction seen in real lifeFAKE sects. sames goes and when she want to meet little girl claimingher mother she did her homework.. what a waste of time.
UncleTantra (27 April 2013)
"We started out wanting to make a documentary on cults. And now we'rein one." There have been terrible films made about the cult experience,and there have been even more terrible films made about the cultexperience. In my experience, both as a former cultist and as areligious sociology freak who is also a film freak, there has neverbeen a film that landed outside those boundaries. Until now."Sound Of My Voice" is not easy, and it does not offer easy answers.Nor do cults, except in the moment. That may be what makes themalluring, the temptation to live completely in the moment, and neverthink about what "living" has become.Brit Marling, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Zal Batmanglij(and who also produced and wrote an interesting previous andthought-provoking film called "Another Earth"), stars as Maggie.Maggie's not from here. Or rather, not not from now. She's from thefuture. Or that's what she says, anyway. And when you listen to thesound of her voice, you kinda want to believe it.You want to believe it even if you're a husband and wife who haveinfiltrated her ultra-secretive cult to make a documentary about it.I really can't say anything more about this fascinating film withoutspoiling it. I think it managed what no other film about the cultphenomenon -- or even the spiritual phenomenon -- has accomplished aswell before: walking that razor's edge between what simply cannot beand what might actually be.I think the open-minded will enjoy it.
VillageVoiceNY (27 April 2013)
Twentysomething Silver Lake couple Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna(Nicole Vicius) talk their way into an unnamed cult that meets in thebasement of a San Fernando Valley split-level in the middle of thenight to follow the teachings of the enigmatic Maggie (Brit Marling). Asupposedly sickly yet ethereally glowing blonde dressed in whiteshrouds with a respirator as an accessory, Maggie claims to have beenborn in 2030 and mysteriously transported to the present day to preparea chosen few for an end-times civil war 45 years into the future.Hollywood heiress Lorna and substitute teacher Peter...Read the full review here: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/
daxxxw (27 April 2013)
I'm disappointed by this movie. I was encourage and interested by thereviews and the rating at IMDb but to say the true for me they areoverrated. A lot. That's the main reason Im writing this, so maybe it'sgonna save some other people time and prevent them from watching it.The word which is describing this film pretty well is a movie emptyinside, copying a lot of things to the plot from the Bible. Of coursethere is some pseudo-intellectual stuff which suits to the nowadaysmovies trying to show and tell something, but in fact even the directoris confused by the final result (and the audience too). Why? Becausethey don't show real values. Anyway this movie is a waste of time andif you are not a sect member after watching this you would agree withme.
Paul van Jaarsveld (26 April 2013)
I love this movie. Maggie is such a believable character, and it'sevident that Brit had a hand in the writing and that the role wastailored for her. It's incredible what you can do with some brilliant minds, a microbudget and a camera or two. In some of the interviews I watched, itcame out that these people did not even have official film schooltraining, but they came out with an unique and intriguing story thatkeeps you on the edge of your seat till the end. I hope there are goingto be buy in for a sequel because it really deserves one. I salute you.Well done.
canuckteach (25 April 2013)
SOMV came highly-recommended by critics as a breakthrough indie film. Iloved the concept about cults. We are big fans of the oldCanadian-produced 'Ticket To Heaven', which was a non-fictional flikabout a group that kidnapped and helped de-program a friend from'Moonie'-control back in the 60's. Generally, the scenes at thehomebase of the cult-leader, Maggie (who claims to be from the future)were compelling and well-acted. I didn't have any problems followingthe plot, although there has been some wild speculation (and ideas) onthe Boards here at IMDb.**Spoiler** Unlike Ticket to Heaven, in which we could clearly seew-h-y the cult wanted to control people (to put them out fundraising,selling flowers), there is really no demonstrable purpose forrecruiting new members in this story. There are vague allegations thatMaggie wants to recruit a small militia for her protection, but thatidea is not developed at all. Real cults are vicious, and want peoplefor sex or money AND to form a militia-like army. While Maggie doessome gruesome things to subjugate her followers, she is not milkingthem for paycheques, or lovers. I found this inexplicable, and notsomething that the writer could leave up to the viewer.Still, a nifty piece of suspense in this genre. 8/10 - (but someunnecessary bad language).
dushyant chaturvedi (25 April 2013)
this is one of those films which make you think and reason. there isthis journalist who along with his girlfriend infiltrate a cult whoseleader claims that she is from the year 2054. there are a few sceneswhich are really very special and gripping. the acting is competent allround. the ending is somewhere between expected and a big WOW. wouldrecommend this to m y friends who love movies like the fantastic MarthaMarcy May Marlene, to me the definitive movie about a cult and itsweird customs, and to those who are all eagerly waiting to watch TheMaster. 3out of 5 for this. there are not many new things but the oldones are done well. loved it. the 80 minute duration also helped.
Mitch_Rockwell (22 April 2013)
It's been a while since I've seen a film that has left me as conflictedin regards to my personal feelings on it as I am with Zal Batmanglij'sSound of My Voice. Co-written by Batmanglij and the continuallyimpressive Brit Marling, Voice focuses on a journalist and hisgirlfriend who infiltrate a cult in order to expose it for the fraudthey believe it to be. The two are creating a documentary on thematter, and they see this as their best way to fully investigate theirsubject. As they are introduced to the leader, the strange andmeditative Maggie (played by Marling), the story takes a turn intosomething much interesting than it could have seemed at first.Coming off the success of last year's Martha Marcy May Marlene, thiscould have been a cult movie that ticked all the same boxes that werecently saw on screen, but instead Sound of My Voice goes a different,more unexpected way. As Peter and Lorna (Christopher Denham and NicoleVicius) attend more of these meetings led by Maggie, a rift begins togrow between them as Peter's immediate disbelief in her claims start tolead into a place where he may be more accepting of whos he says sheis.One of the many things that the film succeeds at is in how itapproaches Maggie herself. Thanks in large part to a tremendousperformance by Marling, continuing to establish herself as one of themost promising young actors working right now, Maggie never feels likea character who is deliberately trying to deceive her followers or theaudience. The conviction with which she presents the details of herstory to these people makes it harder and harder to distrust her, or atthe very least it seems to become clear that she believes in every wordshe is speaking.As she probes deeper into the minds of her followers, testing theirloyalty and their willingness to go along with her, there's anundercurrent of danger that begins to emerge and Marling's performanceturns from fragile to intimidating in the blink of an eye. She takes onthis character with tremendous depth and gives a rich, fully embodiedportrayal that stands as a high mark on the overall film. It's easy tosee how Peter could find himself becoming absorbed into her following,even as it drives away Lorna, despite his claims that he is only goingalong with it in order to fully explore his subject. He wants to go inall the way, not give up no matter what the cost, despite the dangerthat this puts him and other in.Of course what he is saying could be true, Sound of My Voice oftendeals with an air of ambiguity towards the true intentions of itscharacter that is very effectively portrayed, or he could be lying tohimself as well as Lorna by refusing to admit how far Maggie has gotteninto his head. For a lot of the way, Sound of My Voice works. Itpresents interesting characters, a compelling mystery and most of allan unsettling atmosphere that creeps under the skin. There are somedetours throughout that feel like they meander a little too much andthe examination of Peter and Lorna's relationship certainly isn't ascompelling as that of their relationship with the cult, which isn'thelped by the somewhat challenged performances of Denham and Vicius.Where it really began to become a struggle for me to fully embracethough, comes in the final act -- more specifically the ending itself.I won't dare spoil the ending as it is certainly a controversial onethat should be approached with no previous knowledge going in, but forme it felt like a significant cop out on what was an intriguing story.Ambiguous endings certainly have their place in film, theaforementioned Martha Marcy... had a perfect one that remains one of myfavorite endings of 2011, but Sound of My Voice's felt more like acheap refusal to resolve something in favor of getting its audience tobe shocked. The ending doesn't add anything significant to the film interms of its themes or poignancy, but instead comes off as a lazyrefusal to provide answers that it should have resolved moreefficiently. Sound of My Voice has a lot to admire, particularly inMarling's performance, but the final act left a bad taste in my mouththat is hard to look past.
dalydj-918-255175 (21 April 2013)
"Strange and New, Sound of My Voice questions what we believe to betrue and we can be convinced is true through a riveting performance byBrit Marling." Cults are always questionable on the sanity of the creator andfollowers of it. Peter Aitken (Christopher Denham) is one of thoseinvestigative journalists who is trying to prove this certain cult runby supposed time traveller Maggie (Brit Marling). The group is smallbut Peter along with his partner Lorna Michaelsen (Nicole Vicius) enterthe cult sure that these people are crazy for believing this women butas they go through many tests and reveal more of themselves to Maggieeven doing what she asks of them including kidnapping a child shebelieves to be her mother. The two question their believes and thisalso makes us as a audience question the actual idea of a cult.The film is weird and strange but you can expect that especially from amovie based mainly in the basement of a house where a strange womenclaims to be from the future there to save them all from what is goingto happen. Many of the tests are exactly what you expect especiallywhen Maggie gives her rousing speeches when she questioned but alsowhen she talks normally to these people who believe almost everythingshe is saying. Outside of the meeting with Maggie the film falls slowespecially scenes with Peter as he teaches class to girls including aspecial little girl who becomes an important part to bringing down thiscult when Maggie claims this girl is her mother.Christopher Debham as Peter is great especially when he does not saymuch outside of these cult meetings. Only at one stage in the meetingdoes he question Maggie causing her to question him and he starts toreveal information that you would believe is him being wrapped up inthe universe of the cult. He is great in that scene and his performanceoverall is very natural. Brit Marling (who also co-wrote the script)plays Maggie and she is really the best thing about the film becausefrom her first appearance to her final departure she just lights thescreen with joy but she can also be nasty when she needs to be. As thecult leader Brit plays her more quiet saying her many speech's and whenshe is questioned she has complete control she can get someone kickedout of the group because she wanted to. Marling continues to impressmaking her one to always watch for.The film overall is great but mainly due to the cult meetings whichjust are so well set and written you feel as if you are in one of themeetings. Outside of these scenes the film is just fine but I do notfeel for any of those but they are small and we go quick back to thecult meetings.MOVIE GRADE: B- (MVP: Brit Marling)
marc-262 (18 April 2013)
Sound of My Voice was one of the best-crafted feature films at the 2011Sundance Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to secure a ticket forthe screening at The Library theater, and the place was packed.Sound of My Voice is the story of two amateur documentary filmmakerswho decide to infiltrate a secretive cult run by a mysterious woman whocalls herself Maggie. They want to expose the cult for reasons thatbecome apparent later in the film. Sound of My Voice is a thriller, soit is hard to describe much without giving away key plot elements, so Iwill simply say that the acting is superb throughout.The real standout is double-threat Britt Marling who not only stars asMaggie, but also co-wrote the screenplay with Zal Batmanglij (Marlingalso co-wrote and starred in Another Earth -- which was also a Sundancestandout).The cinematography, editing, and score lend just the right edgy feel tothis film. Even though Sound of My Voice was shot on a micro-budget, itpays off better than most of the indie films one sees at your local arthouse. In fact, I could easily see this film crossing over to play atsome commercial theaters in large cities. You will be on the edge ofyour seat, desperately trying to discover the truth, and when thelights come up, Sound of My Voice will both satisfy and leave youbegging for more.
spotlightne (18 April 2013)
This movie has an atmosphere about it. There's no doubt about that.And it HAD so much potential but fails to deliver in my view.Without wanting to give away anything, the movie starts well, but afterabout 20 minutes it stays in the same first gear throughout the film.There are no car chases or fights or any tension for that matter.I was waiting for something dramatic to happen. Or maybe somethingreally shocking. Betrayal. Murder. Intrigue. But no. Even the cultleaders aren't menacing. There is a slight twist at the end but please don't expect much fromthis film. It's average but nothing more than that. Certainly not the6.6 IMDb rating it had when I was writing this review.Acting is solid, and convincing, but the film is let down by the lackof plot and bland dialogue.
husker666 (15 April 2013)
The acting was excellent and the script half way decent but the storywas stupid in the extreme. Two quite intelligent people, who don't seemto be struggling financially, would put themselves to those extremes inthe hope of catching a good story! No way after the first meeting thosetwo in real life would never have gone back there. The attempt to backup their decisions by some feeble family back story was derisory to saythe least and ruined what was a reasonably decent film by then! Iunderstand why the film makers are saying people do get caught up inthese cults but it just didn't ring true in this film. For me a nonstarter because the journalists, unlike the others who were there tobelieve, were cynics to start with and I could not believe theirwillingness to accept it.
leonlouisricci (14 April 2013)
Some may find this Indie Movie indefensible because of its ambiguityand sight some confusing scenes and a less than satisfying ending. Butthis is a very good effort and has enough quality Production value forits budget that makes this impressive.The Actors all give it their all and are obviously invested in thisslightly offbeat Film. It is undeniably disjointed but that may be bydesign because it does give it a surreal feel and a brain kink.Nevertheless, this is engaging enough with a good Script that probablyshould have been a bit more revealing, but not so much that it stopsstimulating the thought process.This one has quite a buzz and deservingly so. There are manyinterpretations from involved viewers, and some will point to that asless than intelligent writing and a sophomoric cop-out. Artists usuallyare appreciative to that kind, any kind, of attention.
Alias Aeon (12 April 2013)
The script was really interesting and the whole approach to themysterious character of Maggie (Brit Marling) escalated throughout thewhole film. Her acting or more likely her whole 'aura' if I may usesuch a term, truly gave the "breath of life" to this movie. The interesting part about this cult was that it was formed by a smallcircle of individuals, while the main figure claimed she was comingfrom the future. All the different personalities unraveled slowly anddifferent motives, pasts, fears and doubts started coming out. The filmdidn't go too deep into that, but it was a good attempt. The mainfeeling about the mysterious background of Maggie (as well as that ofthe journalist and his girlfriend) was "doubt". The viewer travelsthrough a palindromic sensation of losing or gaining "faith" on Maggie,and so did the two new members of the cult; it was also interesting tosee that this back and forth in terms of "faith" was taking placebetween them too. One point I didn't particularly like was that the cult didn't have aclear message. It was preparing the viewer for something that didn'tcome. On the other hand, one that supposedly comes from the future musthave his own reasons for choosing you to be part of the inner circle,and no explanations are required. It's the knower against the ignorant.One that has seen, knows Â but the ones' living in the past areobviously ignorant of the future, and therefore doubt arises. But todraw you own conclusions I recommend that you watch the film. The camera is of rather low quality, but I suppose it's a low budgetfilm. It could have gone deeper with the characters, although it alladds up nicely at the end. So I recommend this film! If you are a Hollywood action type of viewer,or can't appreciate a lower budget film that builds on charactersrather than visual effects,well...you know what to do. If you want tocultivate or learn to appreciate films that attempt to work withcharacters and their complicated personalities, then start with "soundof my voice". The title is beyond excellent I must say (at least forthe ones that have ears to hear...)
friendios (11 April 2013)
This movie is really good, and I say is, because it IS still good andnot WAS good.The plot line could be confusing for some people, but remember, it'snot for everyone, but when it's for you, it delivers. Nearly everythingwas open ended and could be hilariously fun debate, it makes you think.I like it and it delivers to me.The acting was amazing. Everyone was very convincing and amazinglyplayed their part, especially Brit Marling, when she said a line like:I just from the future, not God. It hits me. The editing was really fast paced and tense throughout the movie, not amoment to catch your breath. The overalls are awesome, considering itbeing made on a shoestring budget.This is SO much better than Brit's last movie, Another Earth, since thelast one did not deliver to me and this one did, I think she improved awhole lot.In the end, this movie is amazing and I look forward to seeing moreBrit in the future.
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