Neighboring Sounds Synopsis
Life in a neighborhood in Recife, Brazil, takes a turn for the better when a security firm moves in.
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Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
[Filho's] mastery of pacing, theme and stylistic eccentricity throughout Neighboring Sounds is so assured as to be breathtaking. Don't miss...
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
With his sound designer, Pablo Lamar, Mr. Mendonça has created the aural landscape of a horror movie. And, for much of its running time, a...
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
The beauty of the film is how organically its themes are presented - it's a slice of life that comes about its sweeping ideas with...
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By David Parkinson
Superbly judging tonal shifts and juggling disparate storylines, this snapshot of a Refice street reveals the class, gender, racial and...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Neighboring Sounds unfolds like a casual nightmare in the light of day.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The film leisurely unfolds as a series of vignettes about class distinctions and crime, with an unexpected ending. It is beautifully filmed...
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Slant Magazine

The images, while beautiful, are sentimental, as if Kleber Mendonça Filho is trying to negotiate too much.
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Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Filho so completely calculates his causes and effects, even going so far as to have the villain of the piece literally swimming with...
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Village Voice

A tightening of the two-hour-plus running time might have enhanced the balance between Filho's epic, evocative style and his smaller story...
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Rated NR