The Sound and the Shadow

Harold is an allergy-prone recluse, living in a small Echo Park (Los Angeles) house in the center of a vibrant and loud Hispanic community. He spends his days obsessing over his collection of microphones, compressors, and sonic devices – recording neighborhood sounds and eavesdropping on the conversations of others to enjoy from the safe, hypoallergenic realm of his insulated home. That is, until a growing pile of bills leads him to rent out his garage to the vivacious young Ally, who has an almost anthropological interest in “weirdoes.”

Harold’s world is turned upside down when his 6-yearold neighbor Pearl goes missing and he realizes that his neighborhood recordings may provide clues to the case. The unlikely pair vow to find Pearl themselves by spying on their neighbors and pursuing their own suspects. Ally’s drive and Harold’s fear prove a difficult and sometimes comic detective partnership as Ally pushes Harold far beyond his realm of comfort and challenges the very nature of his identity.

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