Film reviews: Neighbouring Sounds | Babeldom | The Red And The Blue | It Was The Son

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Neighbouring Sounds (15)

***

Set in a middle-class neighbourhood largely owned by one elderly man (W J Solha), Kleber Mendonça Filho’s first feature dips into the small daily dramas of those living in the block as they fret over their safety. A dope-smoking housewife gets her sexual kicks from the washing machine, a real estate agent hunts the thief who broke into his new girlfriend’s car, tenants 
debate the future of their narcoleptic doorman, and a private security guard on a single street plays both good cop and bad cop to his clients.

A former film critic, Filho uses urban sounds as part 
of the storytelling and sources of tension; a dog barks incessantly and children can be heard in a playground while heavy machinery grinds on the nerves. It’s a remarkable, understated fable about social strata and urban paranoia, although its stretches of plotlessness may push patience at 124 minutes.

Glasgow Film Theatre, tomorrow until Thursday; Edinburgh Filmhouse, Friday until 18 April; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Friday until 16 April

Babeldom (15)

***

Paul Bush’s documentary meditates on our urban future with a blend of 
history, philosophy, pretty photography and maths. Ambitious, gorgeous, and often as impenetrable as an algebraic equation.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Wednesday to Thursday

The Red And The Blue (TBC)

****

Giuseppe Piccioni interweaves the stories of three teachers at a school in Rome, all trying to change their pupils’ lives in very different ways. An elegant treat, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Roberto Herlitzka and Margherita Buy.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Friday; Filmhouse, Edinburgh, 24 April, as part of the Italian Film Festival

It Was The Son (TBC)

***

Daniele Ciprì’s Venice Film Festival prize-winner is 
about a Shameless-style family torn apart by a cash windfall. Toni Servillo is 
the head of the family in 
this boisterous, uneven 
black comedy.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Saturday; Dundee Contemporary Arts, 21 April

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