Sound of Metal

Riz Ahmed does stirring, heartfelt work portraying someone who is losing their hearing. He captures the confusion and fear when we think something we feel or experience is a fluke, but quickly learn it’s far more serious. Another tragedy is the failure of our healthcare system. Hearing isn’t considered essential, so hearing aids aren’t always covered by health insurance.

During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation.