NZFF: Sound of My Voice
- Time: Thu 23rd Aug, 4.00pm, Fri 24th Aug, 9.00pm; Sat 25th Aug, 9.15pm
- Venue: Hoyts Northlands
- Contact Phone: 0276838555 / 043850162
Festivals: Sundance, SXSW 2011
Brit Marling, who also starred in and co-wrote last year's Another Earth, proves again that lo-fi metaphysical sci-fi is her medium. In this creepily ambiguous twilight-zone tale a young, hardcore rationalist couple infiltrate a suburban LA cult with the intention of creating a documentary exposé. Their target is Maggie (Marling), a charismatic young woman on life support whose blissed-out disciples believe that she is a refugee from the year 2054 come to prepare the world's most illusion-fixated city for the apocalypse she escaped. The processes of religious indoctrination are laid out with wicked precision. But the psychosexual power play Maggie lays on her would-be unmaskers goes way deeper than the brainwash they came armed for. Marling's cool luminosity on screen, the script's narrative ingenuity and the pared-down direction of first-time director Zal Batmanglij combine to jangle audience insecurities well beyond the final frame.
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