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Kleber Mendonça Filho's Neighboring Sounds is a film one would love to like.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brazilian drama about class, privilege and crime blurs its vision.
| Original Score: 3/5
For those who don't mind that lingering, almost voyeuristic display of human behaviour, this confident and promising debut is a must-see.
| Original Score: 4/5
Neighbouring Sounds is a clever, original drama of social concern, with trivial incidents barely masking deep social fissures.
Filho's use of space is masterful, as fine as Antonioni or Polanski, with long Steadicam tracks and crisp wide shots giving us a fine-grained rendering of the block's communal and private spaces.
| Original Score: 5/5
The film promises a little more than it delivers, and at over two hours there are moments where it drags. But as a statement of intent, 'Neighbouring Sounds' is incredibly bold.
Has echoes of Michael Haneke as it explores the guilty secrets and bitter resentments lurking beneath the calm, respectable surface of a community in affluent Recife.
Similar to the slow-creep style of Dogtooth director Giorgos Lanthimos, the narrative unfolds with escalating tension, the cause of which is heard and felt but not always seen.
| Original Score: 3/4
Neighbouring Sounds is scary, funny, mischievous, intelligent, magisterial: a picture of man and woman as social animal in which the animal never lurks far beneath the social.
Violence feels just around the corner, and we're kept guessing where it might come from.
Writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho's arresting, energetically oblique debut.
This is a movie to get lost in. Kleber Mendonça Filho - you're on our list.
A well-made thriller that serves as an allegory for contemporary Brazilian society.
| Original Score: B+
O Som ao Redor se revela não um estudo de personagens, mas um autêntico estudo de classe.
"Neighboring Sounds" presents itself not only as a character study, but also as an authentic socio-economic class study.
| Original Score: 4/4
With his sound designer, Pablo Lamar, Mr. Mendonça has created the aural landscape of a horror movie.
'Neighboring Sounds" unfolds like a casual nightmare in the light of day.
Filho's anxiety-inducing formal control is in full force throughout this multicharacter narrative, which interweaves nearly a dozen principals.
One of the strongest feature debuts of the last decade ...
An absorbing and extremely promising film.