O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds)
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O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds)
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 petty crime, it unleashes the fears, anxieties and resentments of a divided society still haunted… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the strongest feature debuts of the last decade ..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"It's a remarkable, understated fable about social strata and urban paranoia, although its stretches of plotlessness may push patience at 124 minutes."
‑ , Scotsman
"An absorbing and extremely promising film."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"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."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
""Neighboring Sounds" presents itself not only as a character study, but also as an authentic socio-economic class study."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Chicago Sun-Times
"Entrancing but vaguely discomfiting."
‑ T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
"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."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A Brazilian drama with a powerful and enveloping sense of place ..."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Jay Stone, Canada.com
"A hugely impressive debut feature from Kleber Mendonça Filho."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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