Peter and Lorna are lovers who also work together as a documentary filmmaking team. For their latest film, they infiltrate a mysterious cult led by an enigmatic young woman Maggie, who claims to be from the future. What clearly started as a mission to expose Maggie as a fraud becomes to come into question, as Peter and Lorna go deeper and deeper into Maggie's cult. Zal Batmanglj's Sound of My Voice is a drama examining the cult construct and how slowly the characters ideals become muddied as they slip deeper and deeper into the abyss. Sound of my Voice spends the time to give the viewer a background into both Peter and Lorna, showing how their past has shaped the person they have become. While brief, this decision gives the viewer insight into the susceptibility of both Peter and Lorna, setting up this complex struggle with fact vs. fiction. As the two spend more time in this cult, we see how it slowly consumes them, eventually even turning them against each other. One of the stronger aspects is the atmosphere which the film is able to create. It's mysterious, dangerous and sometimes even euphoric, constantly changing as the characters feelings and emotions towards Maggie's cult do. This is used to nice affect, constantly making the viewer, much like the two protagonists, unsure of where the truth lies. Sound of My Voice doesn't provide any concrete answers or conclusions to its story, rather leaving things in a confusing and puzzling fashion that is bound to drive some viewers crazy. For me the ending is perfect for this cryptic little indie sci-fi endeavor.
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