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3,266 Ratings

Neighbouring Sounds

O Som ao Redor

Brazil, 2012
Drama, Thriller


Life in a middle-class neighborhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which runs on fear.

Our take

The acclaimed Neighboring Sounds is critic-turned-filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s feature debut. Subtly commenting on class relations in Brazil through the city of Recife’s ominous sounds, it is a sensorial and unique piece of filmmaking, evoking a state of torpor hanging in the hot, heavy air.

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

The opening question that guides the film is: how to portray a state of violent relationships in which the dominant mode is that of the unsaid? – Especially, in a period when the idea of social rising that Lula’s government created in many parts of our middle class a sense of withdrawing. Given such a problem, Kleber Mendonça Filho finds images that manage to surprise exactly because they reveal themselves charged at same time with a strong symbolic power and an unexpected casualness.
March 18, 2013
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Filho has an eagle’s eye for the irony of how wealth confines the wealthy, and how class relationships manifest as equal parts love and fear. Everything feels spontaneous, without feeling random or glibly ironic
January 31, 2013
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In Neighboring Sounds, [Mendonça] builds soundscapes not with pulverizing sonic waves but with a dog’s insistent bark, the faraway chatter of children playing, the sudden crash of cars at an intersection.
August 25, 2012
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