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The Tribe (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Rosa Babiy
as Svetka
Alexander Panivan
as Woodwork Teacher
Ludmila Rudenko
as History Teacher
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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (33)

The movie is leisurely as well as graphic in its representation of sex and violence and, predicated on long takes, is visceral in a wholly unexpected way.

March 28, 2017 | Full Review…
The New York Review of Books
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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 New Republic
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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…
BuzzFeed News
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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…
San Francisco Chronicle
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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
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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If there's one place where love has no place, it's here.

July 31, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
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Audience Reviews for The Tribe

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

Super Reviewer

½

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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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