A palpable sense of unease hangs over a single city block in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Home to prosperous families and the servants who work for them, the area is ruled by an aging patriarch and his sons. After a spate of petty crime, a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents, unleashing the fears, anxieties, and resentments of a divided society still haunted by its troubled past. On the "best of 2012" lists of many critics, Kleber Mendonça Filho's Neighboring Sounds is a thrilling debut by a major new voice in world cinema.
Like many of the films screened at the MFAH, Neighboring Sounds is unrated. It is not recommended for younger audience members, due to scenes with sexual content.