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Neighbouring Sounds (15)

Neighbouring Sounds (15)

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. Read more …

The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which runs on fear. Meanwhile, Bia, married and mother of two, must find a way to deal with the constant barking and howling of her neighbor's dog. A slice of 'Braziliana', a reflection on history, violence and noise.

The critical consensus

Neighbouring Sounds is a clever, original drama of social concern, with trivial incidents barely masking deep social fissures.

****(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 26/02/2013

Kleber Mendonça Filho’s mesmerising and mysterious debut.

*****Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 18/03/2013

The Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho has made a haunting and enigmatic feature debut in Neighbouring Sounds.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 21/03/2013

A hugely impressive debut feature from Kleber Mendonça Filho.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 18/03/2013

You could call this a Brazilian Short Cuts in that it juggles a multitude of connected characters – though its themes of historical guilt and urban paranoia also bring to mind Michael Haneke's Hidden.

****(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 21/03/2013

Brazilian cinema rarely reaches our shores, which is a shame if Neighbouring Sounds is anything to go by.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/03/2013

Exciting, idiosyncratic filmmaking.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 21/03/2013

With undertones of slavery and suicide, this three-part picture of life in upwardly mobile Brazil has the air of a slow-burning thriller.

Philip French, The Observer, 24/03/2013

It’s a remarkable, understated fable about social strata and urban paranoia, although its stretches of plotlessness may push patience at 124 minutes.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 06/04/2013

The result is an unsettling, symbolism-rich drama in which bad things seem to lurk right under the characters’ noses.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/04/2013

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Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Monday April 8, 2013, until Thursday April 11, 2013. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday April 12, 2013, until Thursday April 18, 2013. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday April 12, 2013, until Tuesday April 16, 2013. More info:

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