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Sound of Metal

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United States · 2020
2h 1m
Director Darius Marder
Starring Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff
Genre Drama, Music

When metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing, he thinks his career and life are over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent relapse and help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew.

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San Francisco Chronicle by

While Sound of Metal doesn’t venture to unexpected places, director Darius Marder — working from a script based on a story by “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance — keeps it all rooted in a heartfelt reality.


Film Threat by Alex Saveliev

Here’s a film so quietly visceral it can sear through metal, “quietly” being the keyword. Don’t come in expecting a no-holds-barred assault on the senses. Nor is this a metal music extravaganza. The bulk of the film is silent, deliberate. We are thrust inside Ruben’s mind to hear what he hears, a pulsating, muted nothing, which is then jarringly contrasted with everyday sounds when we’re yanked back out of his head. The sound mixing and editing are nothing short of phenomenal in Sound of Metal.


The Playlist by Charles Bramesco

Marder believes devoutly in the power of actors and acting, preferring to get out of the way and let them show their stuff. Ahmed returns the favor by delivering career-best work by a wide margin.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

[A] mesmerizing debut ... Sound of Metal injects visceral, edgy circumstances with remarkable sensitivity.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

This remarkably assured debut ... uses the medium of cinema to its fullest extent, both visually and aurally.

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