Sound of My Voice

Intense and incredibly well-acted psychological drama that confuses the viewer along with its characters.

Documentary filmmakers Peter and Lorna infiltrate a Californian cult with the aim to expose its leader, Maggie. She claims to have travelled to the present from the year 2054 to prepare mankind for an all-destroying civil war. Is Maggie a charlatan or is she speaking the truth?

We tend to not take films with apocalyptic scenarios, like those of ‘master of disaster’ Roland Emmerich, very seriously. In this paranoid thriller by director Zal Batmanglij and actress and co-writer Brit Marling we don’t actually see the world perish and subside into chaos, not even in a speculative flash-forward. There is mainly talk about the demise, and in this case that turns out to be a lot more exciting than a detailed depiction of a prophecy of doom. The tension is in the dialogue and in whether or not we should believe the charismatic Maggie. It all serves to make Sound of My Voice a uniquely disturbing paranoid thriller.


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Type Feature Film
Part of Let's Talk About Sects
Director Zal Batmanglij
Country VS
Year 2011
Duration 85 min
Spoken languages English
Subtitles Without
Cast Brit Marling, Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius


16 April 2019