“The Sound of Silence” – A Low-Key Film About “House Tuning”

Peter Sarsgaard appears in <i>Sound of Silence</i> by Michael Tyburski, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Eric Lin

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Peter Sarsgaard appears in Sound of Silence by Michael Tyburski, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Eric Lin All photos are copyrighted and may be used by press only for the purpose of news or editorial coverage of Sundance Institute programs. Photos must be accompanied by a credit to the photographer and/or 'Courtesy of Sundance Institute.' Unauthorized use, alteration, reproduction or sale of logos and/or photos is strictly prohibited.

The Sound of Silence. Photo courtesy of IFC Films

An article in The New Yorker advances the unusual career of Peter Lucian in the Michael Tyburski film, The Sound of Silence. Peter has created a life around being a “house tuner”, whose clients hire him to track down disruptive ambient noises in their homes. Peter Sarsgaard transmits a performance of nuance and subtlety as a man who possesses an eccentric form of genius. Peter seems too gentle to fit into the cutthroat world at large as he goes about his healing ways with tuning forks and recorders.

The Sound of Silence moves at a very slow pace compared to mainstream movie fare. However, its performances are engaging. Rashida Jones convinces in a role as a woman overwhelmed by big city dissonance. Austin Pendleton and Tony Revelori play rationalizing academic piranhas whose craven lack of ethics may make your skin crawl.
 
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