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Neighboring Sounds (2012)

O Som ao Redor (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 4 January 2013 (Brazil)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Rita Gurgel Ana Rita Gurgel ... Ana Lúcia
Caio Almeida Caio Almeida ... Namorado
Maeve Jinkings ... Bia
Dida Maia Dida Maia ... Marido
Felipe Bandeira Felipe Bandeira ... Nelson
Gustavo Jahn ... João
Irma Brown Irma Brown ... Sofia
Mauricéia Conceição Mauricéia Conceição ... Mariá
Graziela Santos da Rocha Graziela Santos da Rocha ... Neta 1
Gabriela Santos da Rocha Gabriela Santos da Rocha ... Neta 2
Júlio Rodrugues Júlio Rodrugues ... Vendedor de CD
Rubens Santos Rubens Santos ... Adailton
Bruno Negaum Bruno Negaum ... Pacote
Arthur Canavarro Arthur Canavarro ... Romualdo
Allyson Arruda Allyson Arruda ... Vendedor de CD 2
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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Brazil]

Country:

Brazil

Release Date:

4 January 2013 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Neighboring Sounds See more »

Filming Locations:

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL 1,860,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,500, 31 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,240, 2 September 2012
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Dinho: Where's Sophia?
João: Yeah, we broke up, man.
Dinho: Oh, man. That's too bad. I liked her.
João: Yeah, so did I. It was great. But she has some other story, somewhere else.
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Features Pasha (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Cadavres En Serie
From the soundtrack of the film
"Le Pacha", by Georges Lautner
Music by Michel Colombier and Serge Gainsbourg
(c) 1968 SIDOMUSIC B. LIECHTI & CIE
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What does "security" really mean?
24 March 2013 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Brazilian film O som ao redor was shown in the U.S. with the title Neighbouring Sounds (2012). It was directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho.

The setting for this movie is modern day Recife, Brazil. (Recife is a seaport at the easternmost tip of Brazil.) A better title for the movie would be "Neighborhood Sounds," because the sounds in this affluent neighborhood are intimately involved with the plot.

This is not a violent film. It doesn't take place in a favela, but rather in an affluent neighborhood. Still, violence is always lurking in the neighborhood, just off-screen. Every home has a security system, but any car parked in the street is fair game for thieves.

A security firm comes to the neighborhood, and most of the residents ante up the money to purchase their services. The security men appear honest and capable enough, and hiring them probably made sense. They become part of the neighborhood scene.

Meanwhile, life goes on around them. There's a dog that howls and barks all night, a woman who uses her vacuum to suck marijuana smoke out of her apartment, a pair of lovers, a deliveryman who delivers water and other substances on demand, and the locally influential man who walks past the "caution--sharks" sign to go swimming.

Matters come together in the end in a way I would never have predicted. I'm not going to spoil the ending by even hinting at it. However, it made sense once I thought about it.

We saw the film at the newly refurbished, excellent Dryden Theatre at Eastman House in Rochester, NY. However, it will work very well on DVD.


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