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1,329 Ratings

Neighbouring Sounds

O Som ao Redor

Brazil, 2012
Drama, Thriller


Meandering past the residents of a wealthy street in Recife, where private security guards ply their trade, this self-assured debut portrays the two sides of the Brazilian Dream. Filho scratches the varnish of a culture that revolves around paranoia, fear and revenge.

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Neighbouring Sounds Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Awards & Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2012 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | 2nd place: Best First Feature

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2012 | 2nd place: Best First Feature

Impressionistic social fresco and enigmatic political allegory, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds resembles Lucrecia Martel’s masterpiece The Headless Woman in its portrait of masters whose solicitude toward servants quickly shades into class condescension, and of an insular bourgeoisie that has repressed its country’s recent violent history, expunging the past by burying or building over it.
May 21, 2013
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For his first fiction feature, Mendonça pushes the issue into touch and concentrates instead on delivering a densely textured panorama of nouveau-riche life in his hometown. The non-stop accumulation of detail demands close attention, and the ultimate revelation of the layers of history and social change underpinning the storylines provides plenty for Brazilian critics to chew over.
March 22, 2013
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Kleber Mendonça Filho’s extraordinary debut featureNeighbouring Sounds could be described as a ‘jazz movie’ in that it insouciantly rejects cosy linearity in order to peruse its central theme of urban alienation in various exciting, innovative and unexpected ways. It’s a disorienting, pastel-hued city symphony, played in an insidiously dismaying register.
March 21, 2013
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