Sound of Metal

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Aug 14, 2020

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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. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben's experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world.


  • Olivia Cooke
  • Riz Ahmed
  • Mathieu Amalric
  • Lauren Ridloff
  • William Xifaras
  • Chris Perfetti
  • Jamie Ghazarian
  • Tom Kemp
  • Paul Raci
  • Michael Tow

Did You Know?


  • Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts were attached to the project in 2016, as they wanted to co-star together in another film following A Bigger Splash (2015). However, scheduling conflicts prevented both actors from starring in the film and they were replaced by Olivia Cooke and Riz Ahmed in 2018.
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Oct 10, 2019

An experiment of sound design paired with a stellar lead performance makes for a captivating film.

Joi Childs
Paste Magazine
Sep 12, 2019

This remarkably assured debut ... uses the medium of cinema to its fullest extent, both visually and aurally.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily
Sep 12, 2019

A film about the sudden onset of deafness that is too attentive to specifics of character and setting to ever feel like a rote disability drama.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter