Sound of Metal

2019

Sound of Metal

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During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career - and with it his life - is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew.

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Critic Reviews for Sound of Metal

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  • Marder hasn't filled in the dramatic interior of what does happen. He has made a movie about deafness that's at once experiential and too muffled to hear.

    September 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a curious confection and not one destined to have much of a commercial life - a shame, because Ahmed is on top form.

    September 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Damon Wise

    Times (UK)
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  • Sound of Metal injects visceral, edgy circumstances with remarkable sensitivity.

    September 9, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • Sound of Metal might be working from an old playbook, but it finds new ways to liven it up.

    September 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • But even when the cultural politics are explicit, Ahmed's performance and a sure-footed script by Marder and his brother Abraham ensure that this remains one man's story - and one that should be warmly welcomed at arthouses.

    September 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes the silence is a loud scream. A great film about how we accept or not our changes in life. [Full review in Spanish]

    July 3, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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