(The Other): Sound of My Voice

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How far is too far?

The world is both enchanted by, and wary of, the other. From the homeless man on the street corner to the nostalgia of past generations to the glamor of celebrities, the beauty of film is in its ability to transcend the other. Sound of My Voice is a film that explores this idea as a couple, Peter and Lorna, gain access to a cult that meets in the basement of a home; working together to expose their leader, Maggie – a woman claiming to be from the future. Non-conforming groups have always garnered interest in society due to our fascination and draw towards what we do not know, understand, or experience ourselves. Striving to find our niche in such a complex world, we end up aimlessly wandering until we find a place to belong.

The desire to belong to a group of their own may explain the cult’s willingness (and our own) to believe Maggie. But does their need to belong result in them to losing their common sense? Peter and Lorna’s mission to expose the cult proves that they too are wanderers, looking for a purpose. Yet their purpose slowly morphs into their own need to please Maggie and be accepted by her and the group.

Brit Marling (who dazzled us in another sci-fi drama, Another Earth) co-wrote this film and also stars in it. As Maggie, she captivates the cult hanging on every word she says; she is their addiction and her ever-present, compelling aura on screen is hard to miss. But it isn’t until one of the last scenes that you, the audience, will make your choice: Is Maggie a fraud or is she really from the future? The film will leave you wondering, ‘Did I just drink the Kool-Aid?’