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Sound of Metal

A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.
(R, 130 min.)


Friday, November 20, 2020


During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew.

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Director: Darius Marder
Genre(s): Drama, Music

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"[A] mesmerizing debut ... 'Sound of Metal' injects visceral, edgy circumstances with remarkable sensitivity."

— Eric Kohn, indieWire

"But even when the cultural politics are explicit, Ahmed's performance and a sure-footed script by Marder and his brother Abraham ensure that this remains one man's story - and one that should be warmly welcomed at arthouses."

— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter