For this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Psychological Thriller Films, here’s a review of Sound of My Voice (2011) by Reut of Sweet Archive
Thanks again to Diego of Lazy Sunday Movies. for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Gill of WeegieMidget Reviews We will be reviewing our favorite Movies Filmed in (or take place in) Scotland
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Gill!
Let’s see what Reut thought of this movie:
Two documentary filmmakers that attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future (via IMDb).
Peter is fascinated with cults. Practicing for some time before meeting Maggie, a woman claiming she’s from the from the future, he and his partner Lorna being recruited to shady gatherings conducted in an LA basement somewhere. They go through this ceremony prior, shedding their clothes and thoroughly bathing and then driven in a van blindfolded to where the sessions occur. Meeting Maggie, the two start to have doubts whether the woman is real or just a crack of bullshit. Maggie is a confusing and captivating character that manifests delicacy and danger all at once. She’s a fairy-like prophet that allegedly comes back from 2054 to recruit a group of followers to take with her to a “safe place”. She preaches the future, inhales oxygen as she cannot consume this generation’s air and constantly searching for a young girl.
Sound of My Voice is a low budget film ($135,000) that did the trick. The story’s ingenious and controverts between truthfulness and the art of persuasion while blending a thrilling psychology and Science Fiction with mild strokes of Romance. The film was highly flattered by film critics and received high praises mainly for making the most with little means. The cast, mostly unknowns, is exquisitely picked and the soundtrack is flawless, particularly the ending track of Hot Chip’s Thieves in the Night. Brit Marling is a PERFECT Maggie! She also co-written and produced Sound of My Voice alongside director Zal Batmanglij and has a refreshing appearance that keeps you mesmerized throughout the film. I love her.
Sound of My Voice has a grasping climax that leaves you open mouthed and still thinking about it after. I went through the entire roller feeling restless and pondering. I love to watch it every now and then.