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  • Summary: 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 by its troubled past. (The Cinema Guild) Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 4, 2013
    [Filho's] mastery of pacing, theme and stylistic eccentricity throughout Neighboring Sounds is so assured as to be breathtaking. Don't miss it.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 23, 2012
    With his sound designer, Pablo Lamar, Mr. Mendonça has created the aural landscape of a horror movie. And, for much of its running time, a thriller without a plot.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 22, 2012
    The beauty of the film is how organically its themes are presented - it's a slice of life that comes about its sweeping ideas with surprising delicacy.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Aug 23, 2012
    The film leisurely unfolds as a series of vignettes about class distinctions and crime, with an unexpected ending. It is beautifully filmed in CinemaScope and strongly acted (especially by Solha), and makes for mesmerizing viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 6, 2012
    Neighboring Sounds unfolds like a casual nightmare in the light of day.
  6. Reviewed by: Ela Bittencourt
    Aug 20, 2012
    The images, while beautiful, are sentimental, as if Kleber Mendonça Filho is trying to negotiate too much.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 21, 2012
    Filho so completely calculates his causes and effects, even going so far as to have the villain of the piece literally swimming with sharks, that you never fully feel the senses-altering charge of a truly impassioned polemic.

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  1. May 5, 2014
    Mendonça’s first long feature shows his great potential as a director. Neighboring Songs revel it self as beautiful film filled with astonishing images, a powerful song editing, and its go deeply in the life of the Middle Class Recife people showing the extremes of the life in that city. Its violence, the contrasts of the socioeconomic classes, the consume of drugs by the matron, the dominium of the olds traditional rich family’s on the local microcosmic society and the decadency of this micro empire, the noises of the constructions of edifices. The film advances in a slow way, pleasuring the eye with the reality impressed on the film. Mendonça’s ear and lenses point’s on the only place possible to make this film in Recife - their own apartment and street. The film it’s Recife, it’s the Brazil, the realism, the sounds, the noises, the heated fights of the neighboring, the middle class, and the lower class – I see the Brazil contrasts every day in all its extensions. Expand