Sound of Metal

Drama | English | 120 minutes


Drummer Ruben performs in a heavy metal duo with his girlfriend Lou. Suddenly,  his hearing deteriorates and he can no longer hear his music. Desperate and frightened, Lou takes Ruben to a facility specializing in treating the deaf. The compassionate leader, Joe, cannot restore Ruben’s hearing but he can help Ruben to live with it. However, as Ruben hears more about the benefits of getting a cochlear transplant, he leaves Joe and the facility and opts for the expensive and excruciating procedure. His hope is to hear again. Joe warns Ruben that this is not the answer, but Ruben is full of hope as he proceeds.

Riz Ahmed (Ruben Stone) / Olivia Cooke (Lou) / Paul Raci (Joe)
Why Stream This Film?
A brilliant film about a man’s heartbreaking struggle between silence and noise. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
  • Metacritic Score: 82
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Actor (Riz Ahmed); Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci); Best Original Screenplay (Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Actor, Motion Picture (Riz Ahmed)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actor (Riz Ahmed)
  • Hollywood Critics Association: Winner, Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci); Best Director (Darius Marder)

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SOUND of METAL deserves to be seen by the widest possible audience, reminding us of cinema’s unique ability to challenge, entertain, uplift and unite.
Mark Kermode

The Observer (UK)

Though underwritten and dramatically muted, this unusual movie diverts with an extraordinarily intricate sound design that allows us to borrow Ruben’s ears. From the sonic assault of his music to the hisses and crackles of his newly implanted devices – like an imperfectly tuned radio station – what Ruben hears seems as indistinct as his future.
Jeannette Catsoulis

The New York Times

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