Movie review: Marling is haunting in ‘Sound of My Voice’
Published: May 17, 2012 04:57PM
Updated: May 17, 2012 04:59PM
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Brit Marling plays a spiritual guru who claims to be from the future, in the drama "Sound of My Voice." Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures

When a couple, Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), infiltrate a suburban cult they plan to expose with a documentary, they learn that the cult’s spiritual leader is a frail young woman (Brit Marling) who claims to be from the future.

What follows is a complex examination of faith and fear, as Peter and Lorna find themselves getting in too deep. It’s also a striking showcase for the ethereally beautiful and dynamic Marling, who made waves with her starring role in “Another Earth.” (Both films debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.)

Director Zal Batmanglij, who co-wrote the script with Marling, sets a foreboding tone in the deceptively calm suburban setting, and together they unleash a thoughtfully ambiguous ending with a clever twist that will make you gasp.

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‘Sound of My Voice’

Opens today at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use; 85 minutes.