Sound of Metal
USA / 2019 / 120'
Director: Darius Marder
Writers: Darius Marder, Abraham Marder
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
A drama about loss and grief, and what we do with ourselves when our lives change irrevocably.
An itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben 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.
2021 Golden Globe Nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Riz Ahmed)
Marder uses sound and silence as essential character elements. He offers frequent, jarring contrasts between what Ruben hears and what we do. This isn't just to emphasize what Ruben has lost. It's also a reminder: Silence can be shattering. It can also be beautiful. And it can bring peace. – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic