Sound of My Voice

Synopsis: Two documentary filmmakers are determined to expose the truth about Maggie, the mysterious leader of a secretive cult who claims to belong to the year 2054. Although they believe that everything is nothing more than a fraud, the filmmakers end up driven by her charisma.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Zal Batmanglij
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min


This is it.


Pull into the driveway.

Use the remote to open the garage.

Do not exit the vehicle.

Close the garage door behind you.


Wait for further instructions."



Follow me.

Be thorough with the soap.


Eleven workers lost their lives.

Seventeen others were injured.

And soon,

nearly a mile beneath the surface...


...of the ocean, oil began...

...spewing into the water.

Your records?

Because there's never been a leak...

Hold on to that.

...this size at this depth...

...stopping it has tested the limits

of human technology.

That's why just after the rig sank,

I assembled a team...

...of our nation's best scientists

and engineers to tackle this challenge...

Step up. Watch your head.

Step up. Watch your head.


Let me see your hand.

Finally, Peter.


Let's gather round. Take a seat.

First I'd like to say

welcome to our new members.

As is our custom, they have been

preparing on the outside for some time...

...but now we feel

they are ready to graduate...

...and to join us.

So let me introduce Peter

and his girlfriend, Lorna.

And this is Christine and her husband, Lam.

Now, let me say a word to you new folk.

No sudden movements.

And no questions for tonight.

The first night is always the most difficult.

But as our other members here can attest... unforgettable experience.





It's nice to see new faces.

Thank you all for taking the precautions

to come here.

It shows you have a great deal of faith.

Now let me return that trust... telling you my story.

Like anything new... will be impossible

for your mind to digest.

Maybe close your eyes.

Try Opening up. Here.

Try listening from your heart.

Two years ago, I woke up underwater.

It was a bathtub,

filled about three-quarters high.

I was gasping for breath.

Coughing up...

...snorting out this water.


I felt this...

...terrible sense of loss.

Like when you wake up from dreaming

about someone you love so much.

And you turn around in bed and remember...

...that they've been dead for years.

What was I doing in that motel room?



I remembered my name, my birthday.

October 31st.


Nothing else.

I ended up out on the streets.

As people with no ID... money... memories do.

I felt really lonely.

And exhausted all the time.

My immune system was gone.

At that time, my legs and my right arm

would fall asleep.

Like in meditation, you know, but for hours.

And I couldn't wake them up.

They were strangers to me.

And I couldn't remember anything.

But I still had to wake up every day,

still had to keep going.

I had no idea who I was

or what I was doing here.

And that's when Klaus found me.

He had heard about me from others.

Had heard of my tattoos.


And he took me in.

And he fed me.

And he gave me vitamins.

In about three or four weeks...

...I started to remember things.

Many terrible things.

Violent images.

I was so angry.

I thought I'd lost my mind.

And then Klaus explained it to me.

My tattoos. This failing body.

The things I'd remembered.

What it all meant.

Open your eyes.

I wanna show you something.

You see, the anchor is the sign of a traveler.

And the number 54

refers to where I come from.

You see, I come from 54.

Your future.

Did we get anything?

Nothing. Static.

We didn't get a single frame?

We went out of range.

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Zal Batmanglij

Zal Batmanglij (born 1981) is an American film director and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote the 2011 film Sound of My Voice and the 2013 film The East, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Netflix series The OA, which debuted in 2016. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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