Neighboring Sounds (Mendonca Filho, Brazil, 2012)
The more surveillance wealthy residents of the seaside town of Recife (Brazil) pay for, the less safe they feel. Kleber Mendonca’s suspenseful debut film, both a thriller and a class analysis, depicts a high-rise apartment complex defined by iron bars on the windows, building doors that lock from within, motion-sensor lights, and car alarms. Selected as one of the ten-best films of 2012 by A. O. Scott of The New York Times, Brazil’s submission for best foreign film for the 2012 Academy Awards portrays characters who are more imprisoned than protected by a system increasingly designed to watch over them. The movie’s suspenseful paranoia is captured by a dubious promise made by the head of security: “We guarantee your peace of mind.” But is security even existentially possible? Does surveillance ever provide peace of mind?
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