Sound of Metal (2019)

Remarkably immersive; I was constantly on the verge of tears of all kinds, thanks in large part to the powerful sound design, uniquely poignant dialogue, and flawless, emotive turn from Ahmed that together elevate the occasional predictable dramatic story beat. The romantic arc and thoughtful thematic undercurrent on the past, the future, and embracing change, meanwhile, are tied up in a refreshing manner (another spiral would’ve been easy tragedy pickings but instead we get “It’s okay, Lou”).
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