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The Tribe(Плем'я)

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Ukraine, Netherlands · 2014
2h 10m
Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Starring Hryhoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Oleksandr Dsiadevych
Genre Crime, Drama

Sergey, who is both deaf and mute, enters a specialized boarding school for deaf children. There, he must navigate the hierarchy of the school’s network of organized crime, the Tribe. By participating in several robberies, he rises in the organization, only to break all of its unwritten rules when he meets a girl named Anya.

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CineVue by Ben Nicholson

Slaboshpitsky's The Tribe is gripping, tour de force cinema from its opening jab, and from there it continually forces you against the ropes before delivering a knockout punch with a gut-wrenching conclusion destined to leave audiences stunned.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

From one mesmerizing scene to the next, The Tribe never loses its flow. Even its harshest moments are defined by vibrant motion.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The actions and events are naked to our eyes, not couched in reasons and justifications, not softened by explanations, by words.


Variety by Justin Chang

Sans dialogue or translation, each interaction effectively becomes a puzzle to be solved, and Slaboshpytskiy is brilliant at using ambiguity to heighten rather than dull the viewer’s perceptions. Even when the meaning of a particular exchange eludes us, a greater sense of narrative comprehension begins to take hold.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

The use of sign language, deafness and silence itself adds several heady new ingredients to the base material, alchemically creating something rich, strange and very original.


Total Film by Matt Glasby

Original, engrossing and extremely confrontational, The Tribe treads the dark path between misery porn and masterpiece.


The Telegraph by Mike McCahill

You emerge from this brutally unsentimental education with your chest pounding and your ears ringing – its radical empathy extends to putting us in not just the same room as its subjects, but the same helpless, despairing position. Some films are made to leave you speechless; for some experiences, there can be no words.

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