The Tribe

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A bleak, haunting drama whose wordless dialogue speaks volumes, The Tribe is a bold, innovative take on silent films for a contemporary audience.

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Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school's hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences. (c) Drafthouse

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Critic Reviews for The Tribe

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (16)

  • [Slaboshpitsky] has succeeded in being audaciously willful: by taking away a large part of what we respond to in a film-the aural elements-he makes it difficult for us to watch, but if you make the effort it becomes equally difficult to look away from.

    October 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The movie features no music, and no words, yet some moments are so powerful and visceral that I still caught myself covering my ears.

    December 31, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The Tribe revels in the distance it leaves between its audience and its characters, but in placing viewers on the outside, it also creates an experience that's almost perversely empathetic.

    November 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This is a challenging film that's not for everyone. Yet there's no denying its brilliant concept and its raw cinematic power.

    September 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There is nothing else like The Tribe, at once a searing, singular vision of a particular time and place and a brutal metaphor for the wounded human condition.

    August 6, 2015 | Rating: 5/5
  • If there's one place where love has no place, it's here.

    July 31, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tribe

  • Apr 06, 2016
    Most of movies, for me, are the audio. How an actor speaks, how sounds move with each other, how the soundtrack fits in. This one is just shuffling and ambient sounds. It's about deaf people in the Ukraine. I'm sure a rough place to be, and, considering the setting, characters, and events, it is remarkable engaging. As to whether I would watch this film again, I will do my best to avoid it. It's incredibly depressing. I'm sure it's incredibly realistic, and I wish it weren't. There is absolutely nothing positive about this film, and I'm pretty sure the filmmakers were going for that. Good job everybody, I'm going to go cry in the shower now.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2015
    Made in 34 fabulous long takes, this unique and relentlessly brutal film is a revolutionary illustration of the "show, don't tell" cinematic rule, more so as it refuses to offer any translation of the language that we see on the screen and yet remains always comprehensible to us viewers.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    One of the best films of the year so far with a truly original format. An absolute must see!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2015
    After being enrolled at a school for the deaf in the Ukraine, Sergey(Grygoriy Fesenko) has lunch with a random student. Suddenly, he is plucked from the social depths of this society to hang out with the cool kids who rudely introduce him to Anya(Yana Novikova) and Svetka(Roza Babiy). After which, he is formally initiated into this new society. And then finds out exactly what they do after classes and what he got himself into. "The Tribe" is a constructive movie about perceptions. That is fueled by the way it is filmed, namely all in sign language without the benefit of subtitles. This goes beyond being a simple experiment with its exquisite long takes. All of which gives the viewer an opportunity to interpret the actions of the various characters involved, some of which may seem desperate to outsiders, especially as depicted in such graphic fashion. Into this milieu is thrown Sergey, an innocent at first.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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