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A unique and astonishing triumph.
There is no denying the technical brilliance of The Tribe. It is an unprecedented achievement in its use of sign language, silent film approach, excellent cinematography and terrific production design. However, this was all unfortunately wasted on such a disappointing, poor story that not only represents the case of unpleasant misery porn, but it also betrays its deaf characters by giving them such a regular storyline like any other crime film out there. It's a very disappointing gimmick of a film.
"The Tribe" does not have much to say, literally and figuratively, and that is a shame. It is a shame because it has a lot of potential and raw power inside, and all this power is muzzled by long and useless takes. Take out 30 minutes from it and you have a very good movie. Or at least put subtitles in it! Sure, you will get the story anyway, but this is also true if you watch most of the movies in a language you don't speak! So why not here? I think one way or another would have worked for me, but like it is, I found it good, but also a painful watch.
Novel and interesting but lacks engagement.
Sergey, a deaf teenager, is starting his first day at a special school for the deaf. He soon discovers that most things at the school are run by The Tribe, an anarchic, criminal gang of students. He falls foul of The Tribe and is bullied and attacked by them. However, over time he joins them and works his way up their ranks.
A very original movie: no audible spoken words at all, hardly any sound at all, in fact. The idea being that you need to experience the world of a deaf person. All communication between the characters is done by sign language, and there's no sub-titles. Even if you understand sign language (and, unfortunately, I don't) you probably wouldn't be able to make out what they're saying - the signing isn't directed at the camera.
So you have to watch this essentially as a silent movie, using actions and body language to figure out what is going on. This, and the intriguing plot (initially) make this quite interesting.
However, it lacks engagement. The main character isn't particularly interesting or likeable, and the more you get into the movie, the less you like him.
Plus, the plot can seem quite random at times. Having to use sight cues to determine the narrative does have its drawbacks...
Overall, okay, but could have been better.
When an art can't be judged just by words alone, The Tribe comes with a film capable of interpreting it well. This is not your typical silent movie where there is no dialogue, music, subtitles, or voice-over even though it all uses sign language with pure deaf actors and actresses with no gimmick. The Tribe is also not a movie with a happy theme but it gives you a lot of interpretation with a quiet atmosphere where there is a feelings of fear, confusion, and creepy. In a nutshell, one of the dark drama that has a simple premise but thrown you into the darkest mind.
A bleak, haunting drama whose wordless dialogue speaks volumes, The Tribe is a bold, innovative take on silent films for a contemporary audience.
One of the worst movies I have ever seen! The acting is bad - the fights scenes are unrealistic and the sex scenes are even worse! These kids are at a boarding school, but seems like there are no adults and they are running the school! The whole thing just doesn't make sense!
A very difficult movie to watch. It requires your full attention. I appreciate the uniqueness of the movie, but it's a little cheesy. The fight scenes are more satirical than realistic.
Watched as part of Louise's Fun with Formal Constraints season, 2004-present. Not only is it devoid of any intelligible (to me) dialogue or music, nearly every shot is full-length and static. The effect is to provide some much needed distancing from a truly bleak narrative of all the bad things, but also to point up the sense of voyeurism of an already "othered" group. Impossible to give a star rating: it's impressive and interesting but not remotely enjoyable.
Unextpected ending, what a plot 10/10