Ruben is a recovering addict, four years sober. In lower arms, that detail could be exploited against urge (no body could blame the drummer for dropping from the wagon). Marder isnвЂ™t thinking about clichГ©s; RubenвЂ™s addiction along with his steadfast sobriety are signs and symptoms of their energy, his resilience. His self-pity is вЂ” and almost certainly has become вЂ” the seed of their undoing. A Vietnam vet who oversees a group home for the deaf and is tasked with preparing Ruben to live a full life as a deaf man so itвЂ™s a relief when Lou, at the direction of their manager, leaves Ruben in the care of Joe ( Paul Raci.
The scenes between Joe and Ruben would be the heart of Sound of Metal. The weary interactions amongst the strangers deepen the main conflict for the movie. This really isnвЂ™t a plot-heavy film or a medical thriller where the hero braves life and limb discover a remedy. Joe, plus the people in the team house (played mainly by deaf or hearing-impaired actors), aren’t handicapped, while the biggest hurdle dealing with Ruben is coming to simply accept that he’s now element of deaf tradition.