An x-ray of a middle-class district in Recife: in the street where a rich family owns lots of real estate, life takes an unexpected turn when a private security outfit offers its services to the residents. The presence of guards gives them a feeling of security, but also adds a large dose of anxiety in a society that flourishes on fear. Meanwhile Bia, the mother of two children, tries to find a way to deal with the barking of the guard dogs that gives her sleepless nights.
Neighbouring Sounds is a piece of contemporary Braziliana that effortlessly offers new insights into an apparently normal socio-economic network. A gripping, ominous debut by Kleber Mendonça Filho, cinephile jack-of-all-trades - filmmaker, festival organiser, critic and producer - from Recife in Brazil expanded on a theme from his short film Eletrodoméstica. Deserving of special mention: the excellent acting across the whole cast and the way in which the urban space and interior design play a leading role.