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Sound of Noise (DVD Review)

1 Jul, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Box Office $0.02 million, $26.98 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for language and some brief nudity.
In Swedish with English subtitles.
Stars Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson, Bengt Nilsson.

Two musicians (Magnus Börjeson and Sanna Persson) are fed up with their town’s banality, so they recruit four other percussionists to help them drop a musical bomb on the city, performing a wildly engaging, renegade four-act masterpiece.

The other musicians (Marcus Haraldson, Fredrik Myhr, Anders Vestergård and Johannes Björk) are brilliant in their own right but are either underwhelmed or underappreciated at their current gigs. Sound of Noise comes to life as the viewer is given a quick synopsis of each drummer’s situation in a punchy, laughable way.

Not just motivated by anarchy, the musicians seek to find objects that will create the best sounds possible. Their first act involves the percussionists invading a hospital, taking hostage a TV personality admitted for a rectal surgery and using his body as a musical instrument. Yes, it looks as ridiculous as it sounds, much to the delight of the viewer.

When news of the guerilla musicians surfaces, tone-deaf cop Amadeus Warnebring (Bengt Nilsson), is charged with nabbing the perpetrators, whose stunts, albeit cleverly crafted, are reviled. Warnebring, the black sheep of a musically talented family, has grown to hate music, as he lives in the shadow of his wunderkind younger brother, Oscar (Sven Ahlström), the premier conductor of the local philharmonic. What’s more, the lives of the rogue percussionists and Warnebring’s intersect in subtle yet striking moments.

Each of the drummers’ acts intensifies in elaborateness and musicality, culminating with the rebels descending from power lines that they play like violins, with Warnebring hot on their trail.

Sound of Noise’s strengths are its offbeat hilarity, compelling characters and unpredictable nature. The Swedish-French comedy will strum on your funny bone while simultaneously making you tap your toes to the raw melodies created.

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