O som ao redor (Neighbouring Sounds)
Life in a middle-class neighbourhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. 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 neighbour’s dog. A slice of ‘Braziliana’, a reflection on history, violence and noise.
IFFR Tiger Awards Competition 2012
About this film the International Film Festival Rotterdam wrote: “Meandering past the residents of a wealthy street in Recife, where private security guards ply their trade, this self-assured debut portrays the two sides of the Brazilian Dream. Filho scratches the varnish of a culture that revolves around paranoia, fear and revenge.
A few years ago, Kleber Mendonça Filho was given a ‘Short Profile’ at IFFR, so his feature debut has obviously been eagerly awaited. This cinephile jack-of-all-trades – filmmaker, festival organiser, critic and producer – from Recife in Brazil expanded on a theme from his short film Eletrodoméstica and turned it into a gripping, ominous debut.
An x-ray of a middle-class district in Recife: in the street where a rich family owns lots of real estate, life takes an unexpected turn when a private security outfit offers its services to the residents. The presence of guards (led by Clodoaldo, played by Irandhir Santos, who is also the protagonist in Rat Fever) gives them a feeling of security, but also adds a large dose of anxiety in a society that flourishes on fear. Meanwhile Bia, the mother of two children, tries to find a way to deal with the barking of the guard dogs that gives her sleepless nights.
Neighbouring Sounds is a piece of contemporary Braziliana that effortlessly offers new insights into an apparently normal socio-economic network. Deserving of special mention: the excellent acting across the whole cast and the way in which the urban space and interior design play a leading role.”
Filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho
Production country & year Brazil – 2012
Length 124 min
Producer Emilie Lesclaux
Screen play Kleber Mendonça Filho
With Irandhir Santos, Gustavo Jahn, Maeve Jinkings, W.J. Solha
Camera Pedro Sotero, Fabricio Tadeu
Editor Kleber Mendonça Filho, João Maria
Production design Juliano Dornelles
Sound design Pablo Lamar, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Music DJ Dolores