Sound of My Voice is Best of the Fest (by tovareeshmakc)
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 <more>
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.
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 <more>
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.
I loved this film. Must be watched without distraction, to allow yourself to be immersed in the mood and flow of the piece, to feel at times like a person investigating a cult, at times like a person with doubts, at times like a person embracing it, while at times as a person ... in bewilderment ... and wonder. Emotions that draw you in, just as they draw in the cult members.Needless to say this is not a special effects film, despite the "science-fiction" question it raises. It is all about the people.All those involved in writing, producing, financing, directing, and acting in this <more>
Let me begin by saying the movie was great throughout. It's original, thought provoking, and you are always suspenseful throughout the whole movie, guessing as to what could come next. For the budget it was made on, the movie looked quite professional, with great acting as well. But one of the big problems I noticed people had with this film was the plot holes, the missing details. Luckily, these aren't huge gaping holes that make the main story confusing, just details like why the child was acting so strange. There are two ways you could look at this though. You could see it as the <more>
directors being lazy and not explaining everything, or you could see it as the directors purposely leaving out those details, making you actively think about the video. I tend to think the latter, especially in this case. People said that inception was confusing too, but that's what made it so much better then your average movie. Rarely does a flick ever come along that makes you think instead on just passively watching a TV screen, and this is one of them.
I saw this film at SXSW 2011 and it was spectacular. Brit Martling is mesmerizing as a cult leader and draws you into every scene she in. The action of the rest of the cast is on par as well. The idea of a cult and following one person is frightening in what they can convince people to do and think. This film definitely demonstrates that feeling. This film leaves you wondering at the end and definitely spurs conversation. See this film. Also at the Q & A after the screening of the film the director and Brit said they hope this to be the first in a trilogy. I sure hope they do a follow up <more>
film. Brit is a bight star that you will be seeing a lot of in the near future.
I love this movie. Maggie is such a believable character, and it's evident that Brit had a hand in the writing and that the role was tailored for her. It's incredible what you can do with some brilliant minds, a micro budget and a camera or two. In some of the interviews I watched, it came out that these people did not even have official film school training, but they came out with an unique and intriguing story that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end. I hope there are going to be buy in for a sequel because it really deserves one. I salute you. Well done.
Is it clever or played too safe? (by perkypops)
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 <more>
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.
Brit Marling already stretched her creativity with the enigmatic Sci-fi Another Earth, now she's taking a stab at a psychological thriller in Sound of My Voice. My main problem with the movie is that it moves too quickly, with sub plots and ideas that could have been more fleshed out. On top of that, the two lead performances are something of a mixed bag for me. However, it needs to be seen for one reason. Brit Marling herself. Her script poses some very interesting idealistics and themes, and her performance is superb, feeling alienating in her presence, but at the same time warm and <more>
inviting. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.**** out of *****
Fascinating indie film about a couple that infiltrates a cult hoping to make a documentary, but the cult's leader, Brit Marling, who claims she comes from the year 2054 and wants to prepare those she loves for the coming civil war, is so charismatic and convincing that they get drawn in. Brit Marling is turning out to be one of the most fascinating people working in the movies right now: not only is she a true beauty and a fine actress, but she was so fed up with the crappy offers she was getting in Hollywood mostly as sexy victims in horror movies that she turned to writing her own <more>
scripts. She wrote both Sound of My Voice and Another Earth and filmed them simultaneously, one in the mornings and the other in the afternoons. No, neither are perfect films, by any means, but they're both very good and she's great in both of them , and I feel she is destined for greatness.