Neighbouring Sounds 2013

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The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets.

Irma Brown, Sebastião Formiga
2 hours 11 minutes

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Neighbouring Sounds

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Kleber Mendonça Filho
Starring Irma Brown, Sebastião Formiga
Supporting actors Gustavo Jahn
Studio Hubert Bals Fund, CinemaScópio
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 July 2013
Format: DVD
This is the debut feature length film from Brazilian film maker Kleber Mendonça Filho, who has made a film that is so subtle in approach to the issues it deals with, that you are going to love it or hate it. Original title was "O Som ao Redor" and it opens in black and white with scenes of poor field workers sweating for a pittance in the fields in the countryside, this then morphs to a girl on roller blades enjoying herself in an upper class urbanisation, and in colour. Then we are confronted with a `nice' residence in Recife, Eastern Brazil, where the affluent residents are suffering from a mini crime wave.

The `action' is predominantly shown by the noises emanating from parts of the street. We have a dog that never shuts up, vacuum cleaners car screeches and all the urban rumble with intense happenings closer to home. So a security firm is hired and the neighbours soon all chip in to hire their services. Brazil is a have and have not society where the poor are very poor indeed and the rich don't want them near them except to do the jobs they don't like - much like here actually. A lot of Brazilian films take place in those crime infested areas like the favellas but this is how the other half live. We have a water delivery guy who supplies a bit more than H2O, a couple who are happy to copulate in front of `the help' and a local don type who doesn't mind swimming with sharks, to name but a few.

It is layered but all comes together in the central themes of inequity, insecurity and crime in a very split society. The need to protect what is yours also leads people to being more isolated and at times it has the feeling of claustrophobia. The security guards are also not what they seem and all is set up for a very intriguing ending.
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Format: DVD
“Neighboring Sounds” (2012 release from Brazil; 131 min.) brings the story of a neighborhood in Rafice, Brazil. The movie opens with somber music and photo stills from Brazil at yesteryear. The montage then changes over to the neighborhood where we get to know various people and families. There is Joao, grandson of the patriarch who owns much of the area, and his new squeeze Sofia. There is Maria, the housemaid, and her kid. There is Dinho, Joao’s alleged no good cousin. There is Bia, the bored housewife who buys pot from the water-delivery guy. And on and on. When Sofia’s car is broken into (to steal her CD player), Joao suspect Dinho. Eventually, the neighborhood agrees to hire a private security firm. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this is the latest film from Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho. This time, the director focuses on the apparently banal day-to-day life of what looks to be a well-off segment. Of course, those well-off hire lots of support, including cleaning and housekeeping help, errand boys, etc. Much of the movie hence exposes not only the class differences, but the correlating wealth differences. In one of the key scenes of the movie, the owners of the apartment building are discussing the possible firing of the doorman/receptionist. Just watch! Second, the issue of security is a close underlying theme as well. It must be a huge concern for people in Brazil, and apparently not just in the favelas. The scene in the movie where the security guys are trying to convince Joao that he should hire them is another pivotal moment in the movie, as they use every trick in the book (from soft threats to reverse psychology) to get hired.
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