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Sound of My Voice: Like Sci-fi Deprived of Science

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Sound of My Voice **

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The pale, otherworldly beauty and charisma of Brit Marling give this wispy oddity a center, almost a soul. She is a mysterious cult leader “from the future,” with a secret agenda. Two amateur filmmakers want to expose her as a fraud, but they feel her power. Zal Batmanglij’s direction imposes an austere L.A. realism that keeps us guessing right through the soft <em>Twilight Zone </em>finish. With Nicole Vicius, Christopher Denham.

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As Maggie, leader of an obscure cult in Sound of My Voice, Brit Marling has the radiant, unlined purity of a dream angel. Her beauty is so sexy but virginal, she could become a New Age televangelist. But she has brought her secret agenda “from the future” (2054), a mystery amateurishly probed by Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), who are making a clandestine documentary to expose Maggie.

Denham and Vicius, though effective, get vamped-out by Marling (Another Earth), whose charisma is backed by savvy talent. Maggie babbles with conviction and has the L.A. vibe of a smart player. Zal Batmanglij’s movie has numbered chapters and a docu-dossier aura that feels like sci-fi deprived of science. Lorna, a former drug user, is halfway tranced by Maggie. Peter, still wounded by his mother’s early death, is a bastion of skepticism.

With its stripped-down realism and uneasy atmosphere, the story is vaguely menacing and mildly suspenseful. Most of the recruits belong in a soft, vegetative Comic-Con, with Marling as Mother Cornucopia. The final revelation is suitable for a minor Twilight Zone episode.

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Sound of My Voice **

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The pale, otherworldly beauty and charisma of Brit Marling give this wispy oddity a center, almost a soul. She is a mysterious cult leader “from the future,” with a secret agenda. Two amateur filmmakers want to expose her as a fraud, but they feel her power. Zal Batmanglij’s direction imposes an austere L.A. realism that keeps us guessing right through the soft <em>Twilight Zone </em>finish. With Nicole Vicius, Christopher Denham.

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As Maggie, leader of an obscure cult in Sound of My Voice, Brit Marling has the radiant, unlined purity of a dream angel. Her beauty is so sexy but virginal, she could become a New Age televangelist. But she has brought her secret agenda “from the future” (2054), a mystery amateurishly probed by Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), who are making a clandestine documentary to expose Maggie.

Denham and Vicius, though effective, get vamped-out by Marling (Another Earth), whose charisma is backed by savvy talent. Maggie babbles with conviction and has the L.A. vibe of a smart player. Zal Batmanglij’s movie has numbered chapters and a docu-dossier aura that feels like sci-fi deprived of science. Lorna, a former drug user, is halfway tranced by Maggie. Peter, still wounded by his mother’s early death, is a bastion of skepticism.

With its stripped-down realism and uneasy atmosphere, the story is vaguely menacing and mildly suspenseful. Most of the recruits belong in a soft, vegetative Comic-Con, with Marling as Mother Cornucopia. The final revelation is suitable for a minor Twilight Zone episode.

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