MFR Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Sometimes a film needs a day or two to digest but even after some time I’m still not quite sure how much I liked Sound of My Voice. But I know I really liked it and there was something constantly fascinating and absorbing about how it keeps its audience hanging. It keeps its cards close to its chest with an awful lot left ambiguous. Sometimes this can come across as lazy film-making. Sometimes it keeps you awake long into the night trying to make sense of something so unsettling. I’m just about tempted to lean into the latter category, but only just. It’s a difficult balance. Everything about Sound of My Voice leaves me feeling a little on the edge and really that feels like a good thing given the film’s overwhelming boldness.
Sound of My Voice is a curious little psychological thriller. It begins with a long sequence featuring two characters joining a mysterious cult. While things quickly become clearer regarding the intention of the cult and the people joining this cult, it nevertheless feels consistently engaging with long, curious, often disturbing scenes that make it difficult to take your eyes off thanks to some excellent central performances which don’t give too much away.
While the film’s ambiguity felt like it was trying rather too hard to feel perplexing, it nevertheless did its job. I’m still thinking about it, fascinated and quite a few of those scenes will live long in the memory. Now off to listen to ‘Dreams’ by The Cranberries. Chilling.
Sound of My Voice is out on 3rd August in the UK. Running time: 85 mins. Certificate 15 (UK).
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Review by David Rank