5.2/10
369
14 user 15 critic

The Sound of Silence (2019)

Unrated | | Drama | 13 September 2019 (USA)
Trailer
2:27 | Trailer
A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve.

Director:

Michael Tyburski

Writers:

Ben Nabors (based on the short film written by), Ben Nabors (story by) | 3 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dick died last night, and Zeke and Earl don't want anybody finding out how. That's too bad though, cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama.

Director: Daniel Scheinert
Stars: Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland
Depraved (2019)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft.

Director: Larry Fessenden
Stars: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world's population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.

Director: Casey Affleck
Stars: Anna Pniowsky, Casey Affleck, Tom Bower
Low Tide (2019)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Alan, Red, and Smitty spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating... See full summary »

Director: Kevin McMullin
Stars: Jaeden Martell, Keean Johnson, Shea Whigham
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats.

Director: Riley Stearns
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Emily Hampshire
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A hospital psychiatrist's own sanity is pushed to the edge when a frightened amnesiac patient insists that he has died and brought something terrible back from the other side.

Director: Billy Senese
Stars: Shane Carruth, Poorna Jagannathan, Jeremy Childs
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A family dealing with their sister's death travel across country to collect her belongings and piece together their memories of the woman they lost.

Director: Stephen Moyer
Stars: Olunike Adeliyi, Edward Asner, Paul Gross
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young boy in a small North Dakota town befriends a potentially dangerous fugitive.

Director: Christopher Cantwell
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Scoot McNairy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director: Joe Talbot
Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. These two people will try to find love.

Director: Noble Jones
Stars: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil
Scarborough (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two couples - each comprising of a teacher and a student - spend a life-changing weekend at the seaside resort town of Scarborough.

Director: Barnaby Southcombe
Stars: Jessica Barden, Jordan Bolger, Edward Hogg
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Sarsgaard ... Peter Lucian
Rashida Jones ... Ellen Chasen
Tony Revolori ... Samuel Diaz
Austin Pendleton ... Robert Feinway
Bruce Altman ... Harold Carlyle
Tina Benko ... Dr. Elizabeth Brookings
Theodore Bouloukos ... Satisfied Client (voice)
Adit Dileep ... Carl
Perrin Drumm Perrin Drumm ... Sensory Holdings (voice)
Alison Fraser ... Denise Feinway
John D. Hickman ... Larry (Loud Man)
Alex Karpovsky ... Landon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vin Kridakorn Vin Kridakorn ... Receptionist
Rachel Oyama ... Francesca (Sensory Associate)
Tracee Chimo Pallero ... Hillary (as Tracee Chimo)
Edit

Storyline

A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Sloan Science & Film

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sound of Silence See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,449, 15 September 2019

Gross USA:

$20,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,657
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Prelude in D Minor
Performed by Phaedon Papadopoulos
Written by Phaedon Papadopoulos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
listen up
13 September 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. "Turn that down!" Those are words we all hear when growing up and then repeat as our own kids come of age. Noise pollution rarely receives the same attention as that of air or water, and most of us are startled when we find ourselves out in the country - an environment lacking the everyday electronic, power cell, and human-generated noises we have come to accept and ignore. Director Michael Tyburkski and his co-writer Ben Nabors have expanded their 2013 short film PALIMPSEST to feature length, so that we might hear their point.

Peter Sarsgaard stars as Peter Lucian, a so-called "house-tuner". Peter has turned his life's work into an occupation where he visits his clients' homes and identifies the imbalances and problem areas caused by sound. For example, his clients may have relationship issues or experience exhaustion from poor sleep. Peter uses his exceptional hearing and experience to identify an 'out-of-tune' radiator or buzzing toaster, with the expectation of improving the clients' daily life. The premise is actually quite fascinating, especially for the city dwellers of New York City ... a place Peter has meticulously plotted and charted sounds on a map over the years.

And yes, you are correct. Peter is a bit lonely and isolated from society. His interactions are exceedingly low-key and mundane, though it's quite obvious in the early scenes that he take immense pride and pleasure from his work. Well that is, until he can't seem to solve new client Ellen's (Rashida Jones) issue. These first few scenes are the best the film has to offer. The additional scenes with Peter and Ellen seem forced, almost formulaic, as it slips into possible relationship mode for two people who don't seem comfortable at all in the world. The other piece of this puzzle has to do with Peter's quest for acceptance by the scientific community, specifically his mentor Robert Feinway (the always fun Austin Pendleton). Tony Revolori (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) plays Peter's assistant Samuel Diaz, and screen veteran Bruce Altman plays an investor who wants to monetize Peter's work.

"Silence is not empty, but immeasurably full." It's this type of philosophy that the filmmakers use to add weight to Peter's work. They keep us guessing as to whether he is a bit of a Savant ... or more of a crackpot. It's a high concept and ambitious idea accompanied by sound design that provides a constant tone/ringing that is sometimes faint, and sometimes prevalent. More of Peter's early sound detective work would have proved more interesting, but you'll likely find yourself a bit more attuned to the sounds around you after watching.


7 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed