Sound of Metal

Metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew.

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Film Cast:

  • Ruben Stone: Riz Ahmed
  • Lou: Olivia Cooke
  • Joe: Paul Raci
  • Diane: Lauren Ridloff
  • Richard Berger: Mathieu Amalric
  • Dr. Paysinger: Tom Kemp
  • Harlan: Chris Perfetti
  • Hannah: Hillary Baack
  • Jenn: Chelsea Lee
  • Shaheem: Shaheem Sanchez
  • Audiologist: Rena Maliszewski
  • Pharmacist: Michael Tow
  • Michael’s Father: William Xifaras
  • Concert Goer: Jamie Ghazarian
  • Rock Fan (as David Arthur): David Arthur Sousa
  • The Man: Bill Thorpe
  • Student: Marisa Defranco
  • ASL Teacher (as Jeremy Lee Sanchez): Jeremy Lee Stone
  • Surfbort Member: Alex Kilgore
  • Surfbort Member: Dani Miller
  • Surfbort Member: Sean Powell
  • Lyft Driver (uncredited): Alan Resnic
  • Concert Goer (uncredited): Thomas O’Brien Vallor
  • Michael: Domenico Toledo
  • Pianiste: Elan Sicroff
  • Etudiant ASL (langue des signes): Ezra Marder
  • Karl: Hartmut Teuber
  • Toldeo: Joe Toledo
  • Frank: Jonathon LeJeune
  • Membre du Pharmakon: Margaret Chardiet

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Susan Shopmaker
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Nicolas Becker
  • Executive Producer: Riz Ahmed
  • Editor: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
  • Executive Producer: Kirt Gunn
  • Producer: Bert Hamelinck
  • Story: Derek Cianfrance
  • Director of Photography: Daniël Bouquet
  • Director: Darius Marder
  • Executive Producer: Fredric King
  • Art Direction: Gert Stas
  • Casting Associate: Emily Fleischer
  • Line Producer: Chris Stinson
  • Production Design: Jeremy Woodward
  • Sound Mixer: Jaime Baksht
  • Dialogue Editor: Michelle Couttolenc
  • Colorist: Olivier Ogneux
  • Key Set Costumer: Aimee McCue
  • Production Sound Mixer: Phillip Bladh
  • Sound Mixer: Carlos Cortés Navarrete
  • Costumer: Catherine Van Bree
  • First Assistant Director: Eddy Stevesyns
  • Foley Artist: Heikki Kossi
  • Foley Editor: Pietu Korhonen
  • Key Makeup Artist: Juliet Loveland
  • Hair Department Head: Stuart Gordon Tribble
  • First Assistant Camera: Olivier Servais
  • Executive Producer: Corentin De Saedeleer
  • Producer: Bill Benz
  • Set Decoration: Tara Pavoni
  • Executive Producer: Dickey Abedon
  • Costume Designer: Megan Stark Evans
  • Stunt Coordinator: Amy Greene
  • Boom Operator: Jeremy Eisener
  • First Assistant Director: Matthew Vose Campbell
  • Art Department Coordinator: Kimmie Johnson
  • Makeup Department Head: Julie LeShane
  • Graphic Designer: Megan Blake
  • Property Master: Hilary Taillie
  • Production Accountant: Bill Wingate
  • Foley Mixer: Kari Vähäkuopus
  • Executive Producer: Dimitri Verbeeck
  • Set Medic: Roger Dillingham Jr.
  • Producer: Sacha Ben Harroche
  • Swing: Dan Hutchinson
  • Gaffer: Michael Peterson
  • Best Boy Electric: Jose ‘Flecha’ Hernandez
  • Costumer: Bettina Hastie
  • Executive Producer: Daniel Sbrega
  • Production Driver: Robin E. Pipeleers
  • Casting: Lisa Lobel
  • On Set Dresser: Shadya H. Ballug
  • Leadman: Christopher Sawtelle
  • Production Assistant: Case Barden
  • Assistant Property Master: Christopher Analoro
  • Grip: Malachi Bibel
  • Ager/Dyer: Jill Thibault
  • Key Production Assistant: Eric Olin Anderson
  • Picture Car Coordinator: Tony Ruiz
  • Location Scout: Jimmy Luc
  • Casting Associate: Heather Whitty
  • Extras Casting: Jodi Purdy-Quinlan
  • Original Music Composer: Abraham Marder
  • Legal Services: Greg Bernstein
  • Location Scout: Wim Verstraete
  • First Assistant “A” Camera: Richard S. Crumrine Jr.
  • Set Costumer: Margaret Codola
  • Set Decoration: Ruth Peeters
  • Producer: Kathy Benz
  • Production Assistant: Matt Kravitsky
  • Set Dresser: Risa Uchida Battis
  • Second Assistant “A” Camera: Matt Hedges
  • Gaffer: Janneke Hogenboom
  • Production Secretary: Tevya Desiderio
  • Makeup Artist: Lili Dang-Vu
  • Additional Editor: Arianna Tomasettig
  • Post Production Coordinator: Jeff Watterson
  • Lighting Technician: Alec Roy
  • Location Manager: Jeff Dionne
  • Art Department Assistant: Mary-Ling Gregory
  • Dialogue Editor: César González Cortés
  • Sound Recordist: Yanna Soentjens
  • Third Assistant Camera: Coraline Straetmans
  • Key Grip: Bo Molderez
  • Production Manager: Caroline Hemeleers
  • Second Assistant Director: Ynke Paridaens
  • Set Dresser: Bradley Groleau
  • Art Department Production Assistant: Michael Mardo
  • Scenic Artist: Helen McCarthy
  • Music Editor: Maria Carolina Santana Caraballo-Gramcko
  • Assistant Dialogue Editor: Héctor de la Vega
  • ADR Recordist: Jeremy Emery
  • Best Boy Grip: Rick Beausoleil
  • Electrician: Giel Born
  • Assistant Camera: Olivier Martin
  • Electrician: Tim van Gils
  • Loader: Joshua Weilbrenner
  • Extras Casting: Oimundo
  • Costume Assistant: Connie Widdison
  • Assistant Editor: Alex H. Liu
  • Post Production Assistant: Jake Sanders
  • Assistant Location Manager: Jared Acquaviva
  • Location Manager: Stephen Hartman
  • Location Manager: Mark Heijen
  • Location Assistant: Liesah Jacobs
  • Production Assistant: Trixie Adjie
  • Production Assistant: Meghan Guilfoyle
  • Production Assistant: Chip Hamilton
  • First Assistant Accountant: Jeremy Stinson
  • Production Assistant: Jake Swartz

Movie Reviews:

  • SWITCH.: ‘Sound of Metal’ is a unique cinematic experience that has consumed my every thought in the days since my viewing, and should be on the radars of anyone wanting to catch one of the best films this year. If you’re lucky enough to get the opportunity to see it on a big screen, take it as soon as you can. Movies like this do not come around very often.
    – Ashley Teresa

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    With moderately high expectations, Sound of Metal genuinely surprised me. Darius Marder and Abraham Marder’s exquisite screenplay is the absolute standout, at the same insanely good level as Riz Ahmed’s impressive performance. The former holds a meaningful, enlightening story about not only the deaf community but also about accepting our limitations as something that’s a part of us instead of taking it as a handicap. Except for a couple of unnecessary scenes that could have made the movie a bit shorter, the two-hour duration is quite fair, boasting a very captivating narrative.

    Countless storytelling technical details elevate this film into one of the best of the year. From an apparently simple yet extremely clever use (or absence) of subtitles for sign language to emotionally compelling dialogues, an outstandingly realistic atmosphere surrounds the movie throughout the entire runtime. Never, not even for a second, the viewer needs to deal with an over-the-top reaction, cheesy conversation, or a typical Hollywood, overdramatized moment. Darius Marder has terrific control of the tone, keeping it exceptionally grounded.

    Riz Ahmed delivers what I believe is his career-best display, incorporating his character’s hearing disability in a seamless fashion. His subtle facial expressions and body movements are essential for the performance that can easily guarantee him dozens of nominations. Olivia Cooke (Lou) is also excellent in her role. Technically, huge praise to Daniël Bouquet’s cinematography, which insists on an almost documentary-style composition by applying standard camera angles and shots often seen in this type of feature, helping to generate the before-mentioned authenticity.

    One of my absolute favorite films of 2020.

    Rating: A

  • r96sk: Highly recommend!

    Riz Ahmed gives an incredible performance as Ruben, not only did he make me care immensely for the character but he also makes Ruben feel like a real person. You can tell he put a tonne of effort into this and it really does show.

    Away from Ahmed, Olivia Cooke (Lou) and Paul Raci (Joe) are also very good performers, while it’s nice to see Lauren Ridloff (Diane) involved – she’s great in ‘The Walking Dead’, while she is soon to be in the MCU’s ‘Eternals’ as well.

    So much heart to this. I couldn’t possibly say with 100% certainty for obvious reasons, but it seems to do a terrific job at telling the story that it intends to. That’s not always the case, so the filmmakers deserve praise for that – as well as for the sound design et al.

    ‘Sound of Metal’ is worthy of the hype, no question.

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