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Neighboring Sounds (2012)
"O Som ao Redor" (original title)

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Rita Gurgel ...
Ana Lúcia
Caio Almeida ...
Dida Maia ...
Felipe Bandeira ...
Irma Brown ...
Mauricéia Conceição ...
Graziela Santos da Rocha ...
Neta 1
Gabriela Santos da Rocha ...
Neta 2
Júlio Rodrugues ...
Vendedor de CD
Rubens Santos ...
Bruno Negaum ...
Arthur Canavarro ...
Allyson Arruda ...
Vendedor de CD 2


Life in a middle-class neighborhood 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 neighbor's dog. A slice of 'Braziliana', a reflection on history, violence and noise. Written by O Som ao Redor

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Release Date:

4 January 2013 (Brazil)  »

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Neighboring Sounds  »

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Box Office


BRL 1,860,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,500 (USA) (31 August 2012)


$32,240 (USA) (31 August 2012)

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


| (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Brazil to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »


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Beautiful Brazilian Movie
9 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film deals with Brazilian social relations from a historical perspective and innovative focus. The first images show the Big House and the slave quarters on a sugar cane mill where historians say is the origin of Brazilian society. From there the director leads the XXI century to show the consequences in the present time in relations between the descendants of slaves and landowners and the middle and lower classes in the twentieth century neighborhood in the city of Recife (northeast). It's amazing how the director gets not only translate into images different dimensions of social relations in the society but also establishes a link between the past and the present. Nexus that crosses the whole movie and that stressed by a kind of violence that is not present in images but is syncopated by its excellent soundtrack. I'm pretty sure to recommend this film because I believe it worked as a whole to show us an snapshot of the Brazilian society.

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