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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 79 wins & 158 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


Keeping at bay his inner demons by devoting himself to art, metal drummer, Ruben, has been living for the moment for the past four years. Then, while on tour with his lead-singer/girlfriend, Lou, Ruben realises that his hearing is rapidly deteriorating. As this sudden hearing loss turns his world upside down, and numbing fear paired with angry denial take over, Ruben reluctantly accepts to join a small deaf community overseen by Joe, a compassionate Vietnam War veteran. Now, Ruben needs to find some solid ground, understand that being deaf is not a handicap and that deafness isn't something to fix. But, is Ruben willing to accept his new life and learn how to be deaf? Written by Nick Riganas

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?


A large number of the cast were hired from the Deaf community. 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 »


Ruben: It's okay, Lou.
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References The Fly (1986) See more »


Rejoice, Beelzebub!
Composed by G.I. Gurdjieff (as George Gurdjieff) & Thomas de Hartmann
Performed by Elan Sicroff
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User Reviews

A mighty fine movie
4 December 2020 | by SleepingMorpheusSee all my reviews

A movie so well made, it makes you fascinated and at the same time frightened by experiencing deafness. The sound mixing is top notch, as well as cinematography and the direction.

This is the high time that Riz Ahmed got a limelight and he really shines in here. Through his superb acting, we experience his despair, joy and conflicted feelings. Supporting cast brilliantly supplements him.

This movie was one of kind experience and totally recommended to watch with best headset you got if possible.

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Release Date:

4 December 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sound of Metal See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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