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Sound of Noise (2010)

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A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.

Writers:

Ola Simonsson (screenplay), Johannes Stjärne Nilsson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bengt Braskered Bengt Braskered ... Amadeus Warnebring (as Bengt Nilsson)
Sanna Persson Sanna Persson ... Sanna (as Sanna Persson Halapi)
Magnus Börjeson Magnus Börjeson ... Magnus
Marcus Boij Marcus Boij ... Marcus (as Marcus Haraldson Boij)
Johannes Björk Johannes Björk ... Johannes
Fredrik Myhr Fredrik Myhr ... Myran
Anders Vestergard Anders Vestergard ... Anders
Axel Bergendal Axel Bergendal ... Amadeus as a Child
Nina Brundahl Warnolf Nina Brundahl Warnolf ... Mother as Young (as Nina Brunndahl Warnolf)
Martin Bergendal Martin Bergendal ... Father as Young
Bilo Frenander Bilo Frenander ... Grand-Father
Tage Persson Tage Persson ... Oscar as a Child
Benjamin Peetre Benjamin Peetre ... Policeman with Radio
Lasse Svensson Lasse Svensson ... Motorcycle Police
Paula McManus Paula McManus ... Colette
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Storyline

The narrative revolves around police officer Amadeus Warnebring, tone-deaf scion of a distinguished musical family, and his attempts to track down a group of six guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. The drumming set pieces correspond to an avant-garde score with four hilariously titled movements. Where the short involved the six drummers imaginatively using standard apartment furnishings as their instruments, the feature unleashes them on an unspecified city's civic and cultural institutions. Including an amusing backstory for each of the soberly dressed drummers as well as their nemesis, music-hating investigator Warnebring, the film creates a treat for the eyes and ears from the dull, repetitive sounds of everyday life. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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The first musical cop movie


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Rated R for language and some brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | France

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brzmienie halasu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,877, 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,376, 8 April 2012
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the concert the main character's brother is conducting the 2nd movement Haydn's Symphony No 94, the Surprise. It features one loud note - a wake up note - to rouse the possibily sleeping audience, but also as a way of poking fun at the overly pretentious listeners. This fits exactly with one theme of this movie where they are poking fun at the pretentious nature of modern artists who believe everything they make is significant. See more »

Quotes

Tony the Mother's New Husband: Caught any bad guys lately? Any violinists caught fiddling?
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Crazy Credits

This is a work of fiction. Don't try this at home - electricity kills! See more »

Connections

References Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Children's Corner: Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Julia Isaksson
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Very inventive premise will either charm you or annoy you depending on your tolerance of whimsy
22 May 2012 | by mbsSee all my reviews

Sound of Noise actually manages the very rare feat of laying out a unique spin on the detective/police procedural format. Oh the elements are there, there's a cop, there's a band of "terrorists" who are always two steps ahead, there's a personal connection between the acts of the terrorists and the detective's home life, there's a very neat cat and mouse game between the detective and the leader of the terrorists (who happens to be a blond woman) but of course the fact that the band of terrorists are all frustrated musicians and that the act of terror they're spreading is musical based (they get together at various locations and "play" any object that's around--staging these very performance art like set pieces in areas and pretty much annoying the heck out of everyone who happens to be around) This movie is definitely far more original then any other cop movie is these days. (well any that i can think of as of the time i'm writing this at least) Of course none of that originality wouldn't mean anything if the pacing of the movie weren't tight, or if the lead character's personal life weren't also interesting, or if the suspense of what the detective is actually going to do once he captures this band of terrorists (or even if he wants to capture them given his personal background) I have to give a lot of credit to this movie for being pretty original in that even with a well worn format i still had little idea where the movie was ultimately going to go--and if the last ten or twenty minutes don't exactly play out the way you'd like them to--that's pretty OK because quite honestly i'm not sure i could've come up with a better ending either. (and really the more i think about it the more i quite like the ending--it very much matches the tone and events of what came before and what we've come to know about the 2 leading characters throughout the movie) Will this movie hold up on repeat viewing? i'd like to think so--even if the frustrated musical terrorists ultimately become annoying---i really really really quite enjoyed the detective's back story and how his back story plays into his need to capture this band of terrorists. Its actually kind of a cute love story in a way, a bizarre one, but definitely a cute one. About that background of the cop tho---when you read the following sentence--you're reaction to it should indicate whether you'd be charmed or annoyed by this film. The lead detective happens to not especially care for music because he comes from a family of well known music lovers--his brother is a conductor for the local symphony while he himself is rather tone deaf and clueless about what makes good music--so of course it should fall to him to stop this musical band of terrorists from spreading their own brand of "music" around town. I'm telling you right now--if that bit of whimsy makes you wanna hit your computer screen then this movie is definitely not for you--but then again what are you doing looking at these user comments here in the first place if not to check this one out a little bit???


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