Sound of Metal 2020 / A smart and exceptionally well-performed drama about a heavy metal drummer who starts to lose his hearing

9.1

Riz Ahmed stars in this piercing drama as Ruben, a heavy metal drummer who starts to lose his hearing.

Ruben lives with his girlfriend and bandmate Lou (Olivia Cooke) in their touring bus. As recovering addicts with little financial means, they quickly run out of options as to how to deal with his new predicament. Ruben calls his sponsor, who arranges for him to spend time in a deaf community.

Sound of Metal spans two continents, countless settings, and a great, complex love story. There is something deeper going on though: the question of what exactly is a disability, and how, despite how it drastically changes Ruben’s life, it might not be his biggest problem. 

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