Neighboring Sounds
Neighbouring Sounds.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKleber Mendonça Filho
Written byKleber Mendonça Filho
Produced byEmilie Lesclaux
StarringIrandhir Santos
Gustavo Jahn
Maeve Jinkings
CinematographyPedro Sotero
Fabricio Tadeu
Edited byKleber Mendonça Filho
João Maria
Music byDJ Dolores
Distributed byVitrine Filmes
Release dates
  • February 1, 2012 (2012-02-01) (IFFR)
  • January 4, 2013 (2013-01-04) (Brazil)
Running time
131 minutes
Box officeR$968,981[1]

Neighboring Sounds (Portuguese: O Som ao Redor) is a 2012 Brazilian drama film directed and written by Kleber Mendonça Filho, produced by Emilie Lesclaux and starring Irandhir Santos, Gustavo Jahn and Maeve Jinkings.[2]

The film was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was released nationally on January 4, 2013. It was selected as the Brazilian submission for best foreign language film at the 86th Academy Awards,[3][4] but was not nominated. New York Times film critic Anthony Oliver Scott named it one of the top films of 2012.[5]


Life in a middle-class neighbourhood in present-day Recife takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety, but also a good deal of anxiety, to a culture which runs on fear. Meanwhile, Bia (Maeve Jinkings), married and a mother of two, must find a way to deal with the constant barking and howling of her neighbour's dog.[6]



Neighboring Sounds is the first fiction feature film from director Kleber Mendonça Filho, who had previously directed the documentary Critical. Recife and Zona da Mata in Pernambuco serve as a backdrop for the dialogue of the actors, being recorded in July and August 2010 for 6 weeks and 3 days.[6] The period of editing the film took two years to complete, and also a long time to hit Brazilian theaters, just released nationally on January 4, 2013, with distribution by Vitrine Filmes. Written in 2008, the screenplay was awarded by the Hubert Bals Fund, from Rotterdam Film Festival, where the film made its world premiere. The screenplay was also awarded in bidding by Petrobras and the Government of Pernambuco.[7]

Critical reception

One of the most acclaimed Brazilian films in 2012, Neighbouring Sounds received overwhelmingly positive reviews; film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 92% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 36 reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10.[8] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 77 (citing "generally favourable reviews") based on 9 reviews.[9]

Critic A. O. Scott from The New York Times names as one of the world's top 10 movies made in 2012.[2] Caetano Veloso, in his column in the newspaper O Globo, called it "one of the best films made recently in the world."[10] Robert Abele from Los Angeles Times emphasizes it as "remarkable" and "breathtaking".[11] Tom Dawson of Total Film gave it four of five stars, saying that Filho "reveals a society haunted by both its past and by the threat of future violence",[12] while David Parkinson from Empire also praises the director, calling his film "a hugely impressive debut feature".[13]

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, in her Twitter account, said to be happy with the film's submission to the 86th Academy Awards, stating it's a "beautiful film".[14] The president also recommended Neighbouring Sounds to her followers, considering the film "a chronicle of today's Recife".[15]


Awards Group Category Recipient Result
2012 BFI London Film Festival Awards[16] Sutherland Award Nominated
2012 CPH:PIX New Talent Grand Pix Kleber Mendonça Filho Won
2012 Festival de Gramado Brazilian Competition Won
Best Director Kleber Mendonça Filho Won
Best Sound Kleber Mendonça Filho & Pablo Lamar Won
2012 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Film Nominated
2012 Films from the South FIPRESCI Prize Won
2012 Festival do Rio Best Film Won
Best Screenplay Kleber Mendonça Filho Won
2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger Competition Won
Tiger Award Nominated
2012 Sydney Film Festival Official Competition Award Nominated
2012 São Paulo International Film Festival Best Brazilian Film Won
2013 Lleida Latin-American Film Festival Special Jury Award Won
Best Screenplay Kleber Mendonça Filho Won
AFM International Independent Film Festival[17] !f Inspired Award Won

See also


  1. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2013" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "The Leisure Class Bears Its Burden". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  3. ^ "Brazil Sends 'Neighboring Sounds' to Oscars". Variety. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Brazil picks "O Som ao Redor" as Oscars entry". Global Post. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  5. ^ "25 Favorites From a Year When 10 Aren't Enough". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  6. ^ a b "O Som ao Redor - Sinopse". Official Website. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  7. ^ "Festival de Gramado 2012 - Novidades & Programação". Adoro Cinema. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  8. ^ "Neighbouring Sounds reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  9. ^ "Neighbouring Sounds Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "Belo é o Recife". O Globo. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  11. ^ "Review: Breathtaking 'Neighboring Sounds'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  12. ^ "Neighbouring Sounds Review". Total Film. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  13. ^ "Empire's Neighbouring Sounds Review". Empire. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  14. ^ Dilma Rousseff [@dilmabr] (October 5, 2013). "Dilma Rousseff happy with Neighbouring Sounds' Oscar nomination" (Tweet). Retrieved October 5, 2013 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Dilma Rousseff [@dilmabr] (October 5, 2013). "Dilma Rousseff recommends Neighbouring Sounds" (Tweet). Retrieved October 5, 2013 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "2012 Festival Awards". BFI. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  17. ^ "!f International Independent Film Festival". !f Istanbul. Archived from the original on 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2014-04-21.