Actress/writer Brit Marling starred in and co-wrote Another Earth [DVD
]. A low budget character drama with science fictional elements.
Sound of my voice is another low budget movie in which she appears and also had a hand in the writing. This barely got a release at the British Box Office. And it's science fictional elements are very oblique. It's more of a character/suspense drama.
Schoolteacher and would be filmmaker Peter is out to make a documentary about cults. His girlfriend Lorna is assisting him with this. Both are initiated into a cult led by Maggie [Brit Marling] who claims to have come from the future, and that the members of her group are the chosen ones destined to survive dark times ahead.
Neither Peter nor Lorna start out believing anything that Maggie says. But the more time they spend with the cult, the deeper into it they are pulled. And when you're undercover, there are times when you may have to do certain things. How far will they go? And just what is the truth about Maggie?
This is a very low budget piece of film making but it you can suspend your disbelief in regards to that it's fine, because it's all about the characters. And it does use it's settings very well. Maggie remains fascinatingly ambiguous, and there are long moments as she and Peter verbally interact when you are hooked as you can never be sure what is going to happen next, or what precisely either of them are up to.
Peter and Lorna are very strong characters, and you've given background information about them in an interesting manner early on which helps you to get to grips with them quite easily.
Things all develop thanks to character interaction. And then comes a resolution. Which may spark different reactions, ranging from thinking it's delightfully clever to being frustrated that it may not have given you all the answers you were looking for. But if you don't mind the ending then it is pretty memorable.
This is a fifteen certificate thanks to some strong language, mild adult moments. And a couple of rather gross ones as well.
This is a strong piece of independent cinema, and an excellent bit of drama as well. It's only eighty minutes long, and that means it's very well paced and flies by as you watch it. It's a film that's well worth a look.
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There are no extras, and no trailers either. Thus the disc goes straight into the menu screen once loaded.