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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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The movie features no music, and no words, yet some moments are so powerful and visceral that I still caught myself covering my ears.
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.
This is a challenging film that's not for everyone. Yet there's no denying its brilliant concept and its raw cinematic power.
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.
If there's one place where love has no place, it's here.
If "The Tribe" were set in the hearing world, its desolation would seem reductive and forced, a pose rather than a statement. Without words, the movie becomes a nihilistic fable and, indeed, something unheard of until now. It's silent opera.
The Tribe was made for an audience waiting for an authentically beautiful and powerful piece of cinematic art.
Little can prepare you for The Tribe in a number of senses, but it is unhesitatingly a film that should be considered essential for anyone with a passion for intelligent, challenging cinema.
The Tribe ultimately doesn't have all that much to say. For all the deafening mayhem on display, it all but loses its voice.
[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.
The Tribe is about revealing what is hidden from the conventional world, or that which it tends to ignore.
Attention must be paid when a film as formally audacious as The Tribe comes along.
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.
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.
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.
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