Having seen and been impressed by Brit Marling's other work Another Earth, it was with some enthusiasm I ventured forth to see this movie. As much as Another Earth has the ability to put on the appearance of being a bigger than Indie movie, The Sound of My Voice is clearly in the Indie tradition, and perhaps the reality tradition, yet manages to convey a sense of the mystical as well.
A documentary filmmaker Peter, and his girlfriend penetrate the mysterious, inner workings of a cult. The members shower, are blindfolded, and driven to a secret meeting place. He is a schoolteacher with dreams of being a director. The mysterious and charismatic cult leader Maggie played by Brit Marling, has returned from the future, to save a select group of people, her followers. She breathes through a tube in the nose, yet occasionally removes the tube and seems to breathe with no bother.
How one can get a camera in without being seen, and film without being noticed is a rather interesting question.
On the surface she seems genuine and legit, though, if you're like me you will wonder, if she is a deluded soul or something more sinister. She appears to have extraordinary empathic and intuitive powers, yet some of what she does raises questions. She punishes bad behavior, and rewards compliance. I found it rather engaging, as when one member is ejected for asking questions, yet she claims this is not the reason for his ejection.
Yet other members clearly become more compliant when she reacts like this. These tactics appear to work on the Peter, when she makes a very strange request of him, and she alienates him from his girlfriend. Maggie remains a mysterious character even to the end, with some intriguing twists and I loved the end.
If you are new to Brit Marling's movies, I recommend Another Earth more highly. It won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
Like Another Earth this is quite thought provoking, there are a few parallels such as the search for meaning, and in this case the search for truth.
Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention and Brit Marling who was struggling like other actresses to get roles decided to go a different route and write the screenplays for the characters she would play and work with the directors she knew. I really admire that type of entrepreneurial spirit and this type of accomplishment. Last week I saw her in the Richard Gere movie Arbitrage so her strategy appears to have paid off.
I do hope she will continue to make these types of movies as it brings a wonderful diversity to our moviegoing experiences.
I think you will enjoy it, and I hope this was helpful.