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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.


Darius Marder


Darius Marder (screenplay by), Abraham Marder (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 51 wins & 121 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Ruben
Olivia Cooke ... Lou
Paul Raci ... Joe
Lauren Ridloff ... Diane
Mathieu Amalric ... Richard Berger
Domenico Toledo Domenico Toledo ... Michael
Chelsea Lee ... Jenn
Shaheem Sanchez ... Shaheem
Chris Perfetti ... Harlan
Bill Thorpe ... The Man
Michael Tow ... Pharmacist
William Xifaras ... Michael's Father
Rena Maliszewski ... Audiologist
Tom Kemp ... Dr. Paysinger
Elan Sicroff Elan Sicroff ... Pianist


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Music was his world. Then silence revealed a new one.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and brief nude images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The plot and the main characters are based on Derek Cianfrance's unfinished docufiction film "Metalhead", in which the drummer of a heavy metal duo blows his eardrums out and must learn to adapt to a world of silence. Cianfrance's film was in post-production since 2009, and it stars Jucifer's band members and real life couple Edgar Livengood and Gazelle Amber Valentine playing themselves. Darius Marder was one of the screenwriters of Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines (2012). Marder was personally asked by Cianfrance to re-work "Metalhead" from the beginning as well as giving his blessing. See more »


The doctor early on in the film states that cochlear implants are not covered by insurance. This is not true. Most insurances, Medicare and almost all states' Medicaid plans cover them. Also the rehab and programming ("mapping") of the implants takes several months and many visits with the implant team. See more »


Joe: Serenity is no longer wishing you had a different past.
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Referenced in Sardonicast: Sound of Metal, Bicycle Thieves (2020) See more »


Rejoice, Beelzebub!
Composed by G.I. Gurdjieff (as George Gurdjieff) & Thomas de Hartmann
Performed by Elan Sicroff
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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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4 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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2.39 : 1
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