Neighboring Sounds (O som au redor)
Brazil. Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho. 2012, 124 mins. DCP. With Irma Brown, Sebastião Formiga, Gustavo Jahn. A remarkably assured debut feature, Neighboring Sounds observes a network of middle-class families who live on a quiet street in Recife that borders a lower-income neighborhood. A private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the neighbors’ discontents and anxieties—and a society that remains unreconciled to its troubled past and present inequities. With a unique style blending realism, dreams, and surprising edits, Mendonça Filho establishes his own compelling directorial imprint.
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