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Sound of My Voice 2012 Subtitles

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3.4 out of 5 stars (43) IMDb 6.7/10

A filmmaker (Christopher Denham) and his girlfriend (Nicole Vicius) set out to expose the beautiful leader of a cult (Brit Marling), who claims to be from the future. But the more they explore, the more danger they face in this thriller from writer-actress Marling and director Zal Batmanglij.

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Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Zal Batmanglij
Starring Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius
Supporting actors Brit Marling, Davenia McFadden, Kandice Stroh, Richard Wharton, Christy Meyers, Alvin Lam, Constance Wu, Matthew Carey, Jacob Price, David Haley, James Urbaniak, Annie O'Donnell, Laura Leyva, Travis Johns, Ben Carroll, Piper Mackenzie Harris, Tonita Castro, Virginia Montero
Studio Fox Searchlight
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Sound Of My Voice will not change your life. Some have made the point about the ending not being clear enough. Well I found it very clear and simple. If a bit quick and sudden. Like the so called charismatic leader of this odd cult. If you believe what she has to say than the ending will be a little unsatisfying. If she is a charlatan than you can take it another way.

As with any low budget, no bells or whistles film. The acting has to be good enough and engrossing enough to keep you interested. In the most part it does. As does the production and the direction. It gives you questions and a few answers and I found the film passed very quickly. I wanted more, so it must have been enjoyable.

A film that would have passed you by unless you were caught up in the cult. Glad it didn't pass me by and for a while I was ready to believe. But not believe it all.
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The subject had a certain potential and the ambiguity of it all could have resulted in a far better film.
Unfortunately, it is basically one single idea that does not get fully developed, indulging mostly in uselessly well shot sequences which grow expectations that don't get maintained along the film.
The story does not unfold, but get to a twist and then ends. But here there is not Shyamalan or other masters of twists, just some long waiting for something big to happen, but it happens too late, and I personally do not think that the story has a real development and evolution up to that point.
It takes a plot, a path, an evolution of characters to justify such an ending, otherwise it's better to make a short movie, without forcing the viewer to wait for 1 and half hour to get to that.
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To describe this as a thriller is inaccurate. It's a slow film without a single thrilling bit to it. It's an interesting film to watch, but not scary, thrilling, exciting. It gives you some insight into cult life, but little at that and nothing more. Worst part was the ending, the story goes along with a sole purpose, that gets revealed about half way through. When the purpose reaches a climax at the end, they don't explain it - they leave it be so you don't actually know if there was meant to be any (fictional) truth behind any of it. It's hard to explain without revealing too much of the film, but don't go out of your way to buy this.
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Brit Marling is a force to be reckoned with. There, I said it.

This is a strange story but it's intriguing and her ability to write perfect endings to movies, and leave you thinking long after you've watched it, is something I think she's going to be known for in the future.

The acting is great, and the tension between all the characters is well played out. You are equally dismissive of Marling's Maggie as you are curious. Throughout the film you'll be sure she's mentally ill, only to think she's completely sane just minutes later. The build up to the final scene is tense and it ends perfectly - highly recommended if you liked Another Earth, as well as other sci-fi films, in particular K-Pax.
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By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2014
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Brit Marling's films are kind of 'niche cinema' for the initiated, a little like in this film, the initiated following mysterious guru 'Maggie'. I love what Marling does, one of my favourite film is her other one 'Another Earth', but felt a little frustrated by this one. It is a superb idea, well put through, well acted etc...but cut short at the end. I understand it was meant to be the first part of a trilogy about 'Maggie' and it badly feels like it needs further developments. That said, I totally recommend, as all the other ones of hers, East and Another Earth.
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Sound of My Voice is a low budget--but in my opinion--gripping American psychological thriller directed by Zal Batmanglij; it was released in 2012 and stars Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius and Brit Marling.
Two documentary filmmakers (Denham and Vicius) attempt to expose with a charismatic leader (Marling) who claims to be from the future ... 2054 to be precise.

I found the film to be very well acted and impressive and brought back memories--not all of them pleasant--of my own experiences of cult membership in London in my twenties. I can testify from personal experience how powerful the influence of a dominant personality can be and how easily he of she can sway the belief system of their followers ... into accepting even major violations of common sense. I thought that Brit Marling was particularly convincing in this respect.

Recommended although not perhaps for those who dislike enigmatic and inconclusive endings.

Chris Allen is a Technical Author and writer with the following books available through Amazon:
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A gripping and intelligent piece from the tag team of director/writer Zal Batmanglij and writer/actor Brit Marling. This is the sort of film that leaves you with a lot of questions, and allows you to come up with your own answers. Lots of great performances throughout the cast and lots of intriguing characters, the cult leader from the future (or is she?), the documentary filmmaker/teacher with a haunted past, and the quiet troubled child who always wears a hat. The film had me hooked from the word go, and I'll be thinking about it for days after watching it. Give it a go!
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