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Sound of Metal

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 2019
  • Darius Marder
  • 101 mins
  • 15

Summary

A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Riz Ahmed delivers an intuitive, raw performance in this handsomely crafted study of addiction, community and self-discovery. Ahmed plays Ruben, a former heroin addict turned impassioned punk-metal drummer, whose hearing suddenly and permanently deteriorates part-way through a tour. Reluctantly, and with the support of his bandmate and devoted girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke), he joins a deaf commune to learn how to adapt to his condition. It's a melancholy exercise in empathy but debut film-maker Darius Marder never strays into mawkishness, and he sensibly keeps the focus on Ahmed's open, disarmingly vulnerable face. Bolstered by precise sound design and naturalistic cinematography, this quietly energetic movie leaves a lasting mark.

Credits

Cast

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RubenRiz Ahmed
LouOlivia Cooke
Richard BergerMathieu Amalric
JoePaul Raci
DianeLauren Ridloff

Crew

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DirectorDarius Marder

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo Releasing Ltd
Released on
2021-05-17
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Swearing, sexual references.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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