Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonca Filho, making an impressive dramatic feature debut after a handful of shorts and a documentary, has drawn comparisons to Robert Altman for his skillful weaving together of many characters inside and around a middle-class high rise in a suburb of Recife, the capital city of Pernambuco. Distinguishing him from Altman, though, is a sure grasp of how people try to define—and are more often defined by—the spaces they inhabit. Filho shot the movie in his own neighborhood, where single-family homes have been giving way to tightly clustered condominium towers, and there are striking widescreen frames of both the exploding skyline and the constricted spaces where residents sit stacked on top of one another. The various stories are beautifully knit together, and though nothing much happens until the very end, the ongoing tension between the characters and their surroundings generates a creeping sense of dread. In English and subtitled Portuguese and Mandarin