SXSW Opening Weekend — Scott’s Take

• Introducing his debut feature, Sound Of My Voice, at the Alamo South Lamar, director Zal Batmanglij expressed his sincere hope that those who were eating during the screening would be able to keep their lunches down for the duration of the film. So far as I know, everyone was able to comply, although the group vomiting scene Batmanglij no doubt had in mind when he made his announcement was certainly one of the most visceral experiences SXSW offered up over the weekend. This story of a muckraking young couple infiltrating a San Fernando Valley cult devoted to a blissed-out blonde claiming to be from the future (co-screenwriter Brit Marling) follows a familiar skeptic-turns-true-believer arc, but there’s enough weirdness around the edges to make for a satisfyingly creepy journey to an appropriately ambiguous destination. [SVD]

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