O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012)

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2013
Box Office: $29.3k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds)

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

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

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
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.

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

Full Review… | January 30, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds)

½

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.

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Carlos Magalhães

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½

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

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c0up  

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½

n "Neighboring Sounds," Joao(Gustavo Jahn) has spent the night getting acquainted physically with Sofia(Irma Brown). In the morning, they spend a lot of the time collecting their clothing and avoiding the maid and children. Then, Sofia finds her car stereo stolen. Luckily, Joao has a culprit in mind, Dinho(Yuri Holanda) who is also apparently responsible for every bit of crime around the neighborhood. What he is not responsible however is the dog that keeps Bia(Maeve Jenkings) awake. So, instead of taking sleeping pills herself, she uses them on the dog.

"Neighboring Sounds" is a finely tuned look at class politics in Recife, Brazil where classes live close to each other, separated from each other by concrete walls. On the plus side, there is plenty of work to go around in security, even if it is very boring. And with such differences in reality, it is no surprise that the dream sequences work as well as they do, as does a key sequence where an old man goes swimming which makes the movie's point wonderfully and subtly. What does not work as well is Bia's battle with the dog, as I'm not quite sure what that symbolizes.

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Walter M.

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