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O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012)



Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 0

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A history of violence and oppression threatens to engulf the residents of an affluent seaside community in Neighboring Sounds, a thrilling debut from filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho. A palpable sense of unease hangs over a single city block in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Home to prosperous families and the servants who work for them, the area is ruled by an aging patriarch and his sons. When a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents from a recent spate of

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One of the strongest feature debuts of the last decade ...

April 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Economically packed with social issues of wealth, property and class, and deft cinematic references, this is a movie built for the modern global high-rise condo market.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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"Neighboring Sounds" presents itself not only as a character study, but also as an authentic socio-economic class study.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A Brazilian drama with a powerful and enveloping sense of place ...

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Rural and urban, property lines and blood feuds, family histories and petty battles . . . in a film that reframes Brazil as a place where blood is thicker and murkier than water, even in homes that seem so clean and white and safe.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Entrancing but vaguely discomfiting.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette

Empty, anxious and puzzling: Neighboring Sounds has an intriguing tone of half-seen unhappiness that never pays off either in black humour or the terror of modern existence.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

It's a remarkable, understated fable about social strata and urban paranoia, although its stretches of plotlessness may push patience at 124 minutes.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

With each scene, Kleber Mendonça Filho adds layers of meaning to his characters and the neighbourhood, many that no doubt can only be properly appreciated by Brazilian audiences.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A hugely impressive debut feature from Kleber Mendonça Filho.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An absorbing and extremely promising film.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It is too long and sometimes drags, but burrs into the memory through naturalistic acting and a real sense of the perils of Brazilian life.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

For those who don't mind that lingering, almost voyeuristic display of human behaviour, this confident and promising debut is a must-see.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

Violence feels just around the corner, and we're kept guessing where it might come from.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

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.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

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.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

This is a movie to get lost in. Kleber Mendonça Filho - you're on our list.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

With its inventive sound, masterly lensing and diverse mix of characters, Filho reveals a society haunted by both its past and by the threat of future violence.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Neighbouring Sounds might be considered something of a horror movie for Brazil's urban bourgeoisie. One of Filho's most audacious tactics is to package what might've otherwise been an Altmanesque ensemble drama as a sort of existential thriller.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Grid
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Audience Reviews for O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds)

An extremely intelligent and thought-provoking Brazilian film that uses a street in Recife as a microcosm for the social issues of middle class - exposing the underlying fears of bourgeoisie while creating a clever parallel between a guilty past and the promise of a violent future.
March 23, 2013

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'Neighbouring Sounds'. A wonderful mix of direction, sound design, classes and characters in this suburban microcosm of Brazil.
June 15, 2012

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    1. Fernando: You shouldn't talk to us like that, Doctor.
    2. Dinho: I'm no doctor, man, nor patient... If I find out that you called me, you're all fucked.
    – Submitted by Abner H (7 months ago)
    1. Francisco: What's with the blind eye? Is that fir for a watchman?
    2. Fernando: I probably see a lot better than you, sir.
    – Submitted by Héber C (8 months ago)
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