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The Sound of Silence
(Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, et al / DVD / NR / 2021 / IFC Films)

Overview: There are a symphony of almost undetectable sounds that make up a moment of silence, and Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is determined to catalogue them all.

Through his job as a New York City house tuner, the hyper-methodical Peter works meticulously to diagnose the discordant ambient noises - produced by everything from wind patterns to humming electrical appliances - adversely affecting his clients moods.

When he takes on the particularly difficult case of Ellen (Rashida Jones), a lonely woman plagued by chronic exhaustion, Peter finds that the mysteries of the soul may be even greater than the mysteries of sound.

A quietly moving portrait of a harmony-obsessed man learning to embrace the dissonances of human emotion, The Sound of Silence invites viewers to hear the world with fresh ears.

DVD Verdict: Once in a while a movie comes along where you know you like it, yet you are hesitant to recommend it to other people. You think it is great, but you can see where others could find it hard to get absorbed in. This is one of those.

The main character of this movie is an expert in sound, and he has his own novel theories on how sound in the environment molds human behavior. It is what this guy lives for. He is a deeply introverted guy who apparently does nothing else in his life.

This movie is slow, quiet, cerebral, and beautifully understated. I could easily see typical viewers getting maybe 30 minutes in and bailing out, because as they might perceive it nothing much is happening.

That is where they would be wrong. In fact, the sound expert character of this movie is about to undergo a series of events that will change his world forever. And yet, if you the viewer do not pay attention, you will miss it. It is that subtle.

I can relate to this guy. I have strong feelings about sound in the environment myself, although in a somewhat different way. Often when I go into a Home Depot store or such, I wear ear plugs. It is not the general hubbub of noise that bothers me. It is the pop music these places play on their sound systems.

I hate the way these retailers assume that is what I want. I just want to buy some hardware (or groceries, or clothing, or car parts, or whatever the retailer in question sells). I do not need to do my shopping in a disco!

In closing, if you are hoping to find an exciting action movie or a broad laugh-out-loud comedy, then this movie is not going to do it for you. But if you are cerebrally adventurous, if you have the sensitivity to appreciate a quietly great film, you will be rewarded. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.00:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

Featurette and Trailer

Starring Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead, The Magnificent Seven), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation, The Social Network, I Love You Man), and Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Sound of Silence comes to DVD on May 25th, 2021 via IFC Films.

Official The Sound of Silence Trailer

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