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Neighboring Sounds (2012)

O Som ao Redor (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 4 January 2013 (Brazil)
2:03 | Trailer
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 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


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


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First theatrical film directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho. See more »


Tio Anco: Do you carry weapons, Clodoaldo?
Clodoaldo: To be honest, I can't really say yes and I can't really say no. But I'll show you our best weapon, which is this: a cell-phone. Me and the boys have all the contacts we need.
João: So, worst-case scenario, you throw the mobile at the bad guy, is that it?
Clodoaldo: Mr. João, please...
João: Then you run home and get the real thing. I'm just trying to understand.
Clodoaldo: I get it, I get it.
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O Teto Esta Descascando
Composed and performed by Stela Campos.
from the soundtrack "Enjaulado - Musica Para Ouvir Trancado"
of the film "Enjualdo" (1997), by Kleber Mendonca Filho.
Fonograma independente.
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If Filho and his unique brand of realism is the future of Brazilian cinema, then it's in very capable hands
27 February 2013 | by ravechildglasgowSee all my reviews

When the third wave of Cinema Novo was brought to an abrupt end, the quality of cinematic output coming from Brazil stagnated quite considerably.

It wasn't really until the films Central Station and City of God surfaced (the latter of which gaining significant critical acclaim) that Brazilian cinema was once again seen as a powerhouse in independent and avant film-making.

Much like the aforementioned films, the themes of class and social attitude have pervaded the fabric of the modern Brazilian film, which has become increasingly acute in these perceptions and engaging in the issues of a country which, although rapidly growing and progressing, still faces basic problems of a social landscape that is far from the ideal.

The opening images of the film displays real life footage of slavery in Brazil, of the sugar-mills, where the origins of Brazilian society are thought to have come from.

The images are immediately effecting, and provide an historical and cultural backdrop upon which the film can build over, depicting a new Brazilian society that has not altogether eloped and emancipated itself from the old, allowing there to be a passageway for the viewer to see the intrinsic connection between past and present.

Neighbouring Sounds then drops us into the centre of a middle-class suburban housing residency, it's modern, clean and diverse; a seeming flagship for a prospering Brazil.

Beyond the haven of white walls and swimming pools lies the expansive vista that displays the city of Recife, with its high... www.ravechild.co.uk

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Release Date:

4 January 2013 (Brazil) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil See more »


Box Office


BRL1,860,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,666, 26 August 2012

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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