‘Sound of My Voice’ Movie Review – Who Is Maggie?
When I saw the first 12 minutes of Sound of My Voice (wisely released early on by FOX Searchlight) I couldn’t wait to see the whole film. And the fact that Brit Marling (who also wrote and starred in one of my all time favorite films, Another Earth) wrote and starred in the film didn’t hurt either.
Sound of My Voice tells the story of couple/filmmakers Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius) who decide to infiltrate a group that meets in a basement and is protecting a mysterious woman name Maggie (Marling). As they try to get footage in order to shed some light into who Maggie really is and what her “cult following” is all about, Peter and Lorna start to question their own motives and what they believe.
The most interesting part of the film, which is revealed within the first 15 minutes of the film, is that Maggie claims to be from the future (2054 to be exact) and she came back to warn us about events to come. However, Peter and Lorna and we as the audience don’t really know what to believe. There are so many reasons to believe she is lying and so many that lead you to believe she is in fact from the future. While I don’t want to tell you whether this question is answered, I do want to emphasize the fact that the film is more about an exploration of the cult culture and those characters, who even though start out as non-believers, get influenced by what they immerse themselves into.
Brit Marling is absolutely captivating as Maggie and you understand why people would choose to believe and follow her. We also get a powerful performance by Christopher Denham, who has a really intense scene with Marling that marks a turning point in the film. And let’s not forget Nicole Vicius, who’s just perfect as Lorna. Even in moments without dialogue, there seemed to be so much going on with the character, which gives it three dimentionality.
The film was shot for a very low budget, which you honestly can’t tell. Director Zal Batmanglij takes us on a great journey in this world of cult and is able to capture very simple moments between characters. In addition the film is structured around eight chapters, and every time one ends, you can’t wait to find out what happens next.
I should end by mentioning that Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij have confirmed that they know whether Maggie is from the future or not (of course they haven’t told anyone), and after thinking about it, I personally have a pretty clear idea of whether Maggie is from the future or not and I am curious to hear what others think of it as well.
Make sure you take the time to go see Sound of My Voice this weekend, it’s a movie that will stay with you and keep you thinking for a while. Hell I’m still thinking about it more than a week after.
Sound of My Voice comes out to limited theaters today Friday, April 27th.
And if you want to know more about Sound of My Voice, make sure you check out what Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij had to say about it here.
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