Sound of Metal ★★★★½

best picture marathon: film #7

“you saved my life. you made it beautiful”

i’ve seen many films tackle the subject of change, but never quite like this. the narrative here unfolds more like reality, the lead character riding waves of distress alongside occasional moments of joy and acceptance as he struggles to decide his next move. life is not a straight line, it’s messy and unpredictable and fucking scary, and this paints that picture in a really balanced way. and it’s pretty remarkable when a film can center itself firmly on both a character and that character’s most vital relationship, but this makes it look easy. there’s a small moment where olivia cooke’s character stares at the protagonist as he struggles with his new reality, and the pain she feels with him and for him is clear as day. this is such a heart wrenching film, but it also emphasizes finding stillness wherever you are and amidst whatever life is throwing at you. and that is just superb

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