Sound means everything in Ruben's life. Starting with friendly jazz as he gets up, it amps up to the intense drumming he does every night with his girlfriend and bandmate Lou in their noise band. When he suddenly goes deaf, it unbalances their precarious, nomadic rock life. Who is Ruben if what his identity rests on is gone? And will he be able to stay clean now his musical means of release is no more?

Debuting director Darius Marder, who co-wrote Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, immerses us entirely in Ruben's struggles. The incisive sound design for Sound of Metal again underscores how much cinema depends on sound. Depicting Ruben's dilemma – miracle-cure cochlear implant or accepting his fate – is always underpinned by emotion.

Filmmaker
Darius Marder
Country
USA
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
130’
Language
English
Producer
Sacha Ben Harroche, Bert Hamelinck
Production Company
Caviar
Sales
Protagonist Pictures
Writer
Darius Marder, Abraham Marder
Cinematography
Daniël Bouquet
Editor
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
Production Design
Jeremy Woodward
Music
Nicolas Becker, Abraham Marder
Cast
Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Mathieu Amalric, Lauren Ridloff, Paul Raci, Jamie Ghazarian, Tom Kemp