The Sound of Silence

Sound of Silence

USA | 2019 | 87 minutes | Michael Tyburski

Not a doc about Simon & Garfunkel: Peter Sarsgaard plays a “house tuner”—a sort of domestic sonic therapist—attempting to find the source of Rashida Jones’ malaise in this quiet, offbeat drama.

A scruffy, tweedy Peter Sarsgaard plays Peter Lucian, a "house tuner"—an acoustic expert who's convinced that a healthy sonic environment is good for what ails you. He'll visit your living space wielding tuning forks and diagnose exactly which sounds are subliminally unsettling you: Is it the floorboards? The faucets? The fridge? (Of course New York City, America's urban-chaos capital, is just the place for him.) Rashida Jones plays Ellen, who can't figure out why she's chronically exhausted and depressed; sure, she's recently separated, but there must be more to it than that. Unable to solve her problem (he was sure it was the toaster!), the studious Peter's confidence is shaken; meanwhile, he's torn between academic rejection (Tony Revolori, the winsome Zero from The Grand Budapest Hotel, plays his research assistant) and corporate sell-out offers. The Sound of Silence may sound like a satire of pseudo-scientific quackery, but it isn't; it may seem like it's going to veer into rom-com land, but it doesn't. What it is is a charmingly offbeat portrait of a man who uses his devotion to his arcane profession as a buffer—not only from stress-inducing noise pollution but from heart-to-heart connection. And it just might get you listening a little more closely to the sounds in your own life.

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  • Director: Michael Tyburski
  • Principal Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Producer: Ben Nabors, Michael Prall, Tariq Merhab, Charlie Scully, Mandy Tagger Brockey, Adi Ezroni
  • Screenplay: Ben Nabors, Michael Tyburski
  • Cinematographers: Eric Lin
  • Editors: Matthew C. Hart
  • Music: Will Bates
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: IFC Films