“You are what you listen to.” Amazon Prime Video brings the 2019 American drama ‘Sound of Metal,’ directed by Darius Marder, to our television screens on December 4th, 2020. The film premiered in the Platform Prize program at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, held on 6th September 2019. Due to the shutdown, the film theatrical release date was delayed in March 2020. It now releases in limited theatres in November 2020 and later digitally releases by Amazon Studios on December 4th.
RUBEN WITHOUT THE SOUND OF METAL
Is it possible to play music without hearing? Sound of Metal walks us through the story of a well-known punk-metal drummer, Ruben, who begins to experience hearing loss at a growing phase of his career. Ruben’s girlfriend Lou is the lead singer of his band and has been with him since the beginning of his career. Olivia Cooke plays Lou.
After Ruben gets himself checked from a doctor, he gets to know that his condition will worsen over time and will make Ruben completely deaf. Lou plays a major supporting role in the movie with helping Ruben overcoming his heroin addiction. To live and get the habit of deafness, Lou enrolls Ruben in a secluded sober house for the deaf. However, Ruben was not convinced of the doctor’s advice. Being confident about his talents, he decides to give it a shot with his hearing loss.
PAUL PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE FILM
Ruben finally decides to join the deaf community leaving his old and musical life on hold. Joe leads the deaf community and helps out the new patients with his skills and experiences. Ruben being the new member, believes that Joe will not be able to help him recover. Spending time at the house, Ruben starts to learn about the other half of the world that lives with disorders.
Joe teaches a straightforward thing to his community about how one person can heal himself by thinking positively about it. He believes that one can imagine only brain disorder. Joe says, “A person needs to stop thinking about what they don’t have and rather focus on the rest of the things they do have.” Spending months at the deaf center, Ruben forgets about his previous self-destructing life.
RIZ AHMED ROLE IN SOUND OF METAL
The film’s primary focus is on the journey of Ruben and how he deals with the new life. The Primetime Emmy Awardee Riz Ahmed plays Ruben’s character. Critics widely appreciated Ahmed’s acting in Sound of Metal. He brought the role of the struggling drummer in an inspiring way. Joe is played by Paul Raci, a veteran and is a part of the Child of Deaf Adults.
Sound of Metal has already won the Golden Eye for Best Film in the International Feature Film Competition category at the 15th Zurich Film Festival. The distribution rights were claimed by Amazon Prime Video weeks after its premiere. The film will release over the next few months, disclosing the suspenseful drama to the audience.