If you have read Inquisitr's recent coverage then you know that before Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij created The OA, they made two independent films together. Of those two movies, the first, Sound of My Voice, might prove to be the most potentially illuminating for viewers of the Netflix thriller. For a detailed description of Sound of My Voice, you can read IMDB's profile on the film here.
The first feature-length collaboration between Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling was the 2011 mystery flick. Of all of Batmanglij and Marling's collaborations, Sound of My Voice bears the most striking resemblance to The OA. Below are eight parallels between the 2011 movie and The OA.
Warning: Spoilers for the plot of Sound of My Voice and The OA are ahead.
Throughout Sound of My Voice, Marling's Maggie holds court with a group of loyal devotees, all of whom long to hear about her life in the future. Like Prairie in The OA, Maggie tells fantastical stories about her past, albeit with the occasional plot hole. As Maggie's influence grows stronger, she begins asking her followers to do things for her. Likewise, Prairie prepares "the five" to travel to another dimension.
According to them, Maggie has set up a cult to convince someone to abscond with her daughter, so they can be reunited. One of the central characters, who had been a skeptic trying to expose Maggie when the movie begins, turns out to be the little girl's kindergarten teacher, hence the motivation to recruit him into the cult, since he has access to the girl.
In The OA, Prairie claims that she needs "the five" to perfectly perform the five elements so they can rescue those who were being held captive by Hap. At first glance, the dance is a harmless task for "the five" to manage. What if the dance, like Maggie's handshake, is only the beginning, though? An undertaking "the five" must accomplish to prove they believe in Prairie's story enough to do something else, something more precarious.
In Sound of My Voice, there is no clear-cut resolution as to whether Maggie is lying or not. It is left up to the viewer to decide.
By the end of The OA, viewers are left with a similar storm of questions, as doubts are sewn into the narrative in the final episode of Season 1. A cache of books hints that Prairie's story is a figment of her imagination as the "the five" are not transported to another dimension after they perform the five elements. As is the case in Sound of My Voice, viewers must try to make sense of a baffling sequence of events.
Will this be the way The OA is left? Open to interpretation? Netflix has yet to announce Season 2, so only time and a renewal might provide clarity. Season 1 of The OA is currently streaming on Netflix. For more clues about The OA and its ending on Inquisitr, click here.
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