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Sound of Metal (2019)

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Olivia Cooke ... Lou
Riz Ahmed ... Ruben
Lauren Ridloff
Mathieu Amalric ... Richard Berger
Paul Raci ... Joe
Jamie Ghazarian ... Concert Goer
David Arthur Sousa ... Rock Fan (as David Arthur)
Chris Perfetti ... Harlan
Hillary Baack ... Hannah
Tom Kemp ... Dr. Paysinger
William Xifaras ... Michael's Father
Michael Tow ... Pharmacist
Chelsea Lee ... Jenn
Jeremy Lee Stone ... ASL Teacher (as Jeremy Lee Sanchez)
Rena Maliszewski ... Audiologist
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A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

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English

Release Date:

6 September 2019 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Dakota Johnson were attached to the project in 2016. See more »

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Powerful and thought provoking
9 September 2019 | by SurecureSee all my reviews

I was incredibly fortunate to have seen Sound of Metal at the Toronto International Film Festival including a Q&A after with the director and cast. Whereas a lot of films may take the storyline into melodramatic territory, Sound of Metal explores not only the reality of those who are deaf which is so poorly represented in film and television but also the destructive nature and high cost of denial and self-deception in the face of hard truths.

By focusing on someone whose entire existence revolves around a world of sound losing that which defines his life, it gives the viewer pause to consider what life can be like when we learn to accept and let go. There is so much more to life than the small corners of existence we live in and this film paints that reality with both tremendous empathy and a bluntness that lesser writers and directors would avoid.

In addition, one really has to commend the direction and design of this film's audio. It is clear that a great deal of thought went into how to use sound in this film. From the in-your-face pounding of metal music at the start through the muffled reality as the protagonist loses his hearing to the sense of peace in the moments of silence, it is clear that a great deal of painstaking detail was crafted in conveying this film's reality.

Sound of Metal is one of those films which will keep you thinking for days after about so many aspects of life such as addiction and how some relationships may simply serve a purpose in the short term for our life but ultimately must be let go. How it illuminates aspects of the deaf community that few get a chance to see is important. But there is so much more to this film that to pigeonhole it as merely being about deaf people does a grand disservice to the many fantastic qualities in every aspect of its creation. I highly recommend taking the time to watch this film.


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