Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter lives a relatively content life with his family in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors.
Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.
“…we get the sense of violence as a pervasive force that cannot be denied or avoided. The film works well as a consideration of the awkwardness of dealing with the violence around us. Even if we consider ourselves external to it, the city insists that we all heed its notice.” –Edge Miami
“Simply the best movie we’ve ever seen on the subject of violence, fear and the human survival instinct.” -Video TapeWorm
‘The Tenants’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Portuguese with English subtitles.