Astounding. Fox Searchlight has made a website which plays the first 12 minutes of the second-best movie of 2012, Sound of My Voice. This is a great promotional method which I’ve not seen before. Highly recommended, this movie is a mysterious journey: a young couple’s quest to penetrate and assimilate into what they believe to be a cult, headed up by a whack-job of the likes of David Koresh or Jim Jones — but they are really not sure. It could be Jesus Christ for all they know, but they are determined to get to the bottom of it.
The Times’ Manohla Dargis, with whom I do not always agree, wrote:
Nobody is gutted in “Sound of My Voice,” a smart, effectively unsettling movie about the need to believe and the hard, cruel arts of persuasion. But over time the men and women who meet in a mysterious house in an anonymous Los Angeles neighborhood — where they shed their clothes and cleanse their bodies in a ritual — are opened up bit by bit, wound by wound, until they’re sobbing and laughing, their insides smeared across the carpet.
Not a bad way to put it. Not only is the involvement of our aspiring journalists among the group of apostles deeply fascinating, but the movie reaches even further to also explore how their pursuit strains their relationship. A brilliant, taut little movie put together as a pure indie on an absolute shoe-string budget. A must-watch — but you can start with the first 12 minutes now.
As I previously stated, 9/10 and second only to Django Unchained as the best of last year. And watch out for Brit Marling. She is fascinating in this role, and also co-wrote the screenplay. She was also in Arbitrage last year, as Richard Gere’s daughter, and her earlier film Another Earth (2011) is on my watchlist. A star on the rise.