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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #77. Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices

The Voices

Director: Marjane Satrapi
Writer: Michael R. Perry
Producers: Matthew Rhodes, Adi Shankar, Roy Lee, Spencer Silna
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, Jackie Weaver

Sure, Ryan Reynolds turned in a riveting performance in 2010’s Buried, but his casting in Marjane Satrapi’s English language debut may feel a bit dubious, but an oddly mixed supporting cast, consisting of Jackie Weaver, Gemma Arterton, and Anna Kendrick, seems hopeful. We’re thinking screenwriter Michael R. Perry perhaps gives the best indication of the material’s tone, so fans of the short lived television series “The River” should be excited (though among his list of credits, “American Gothic” still stands as a bright piece of weirdness). Needless to say, The Voices is for some an intriguing end product, especially since Satrapi brought her regular editor, Stephane Roche along, as well as cinematographer Maxime Alexandre (who has worked on several Alexandre Aja films) along for the ride. 

Gist: A disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat is implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.

Release Date: This was selected for the Premieres section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and should receive further fest playdates.
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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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