The Tribe

Deaf mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school’s network dealing with crimes and prostitution, the Tribe. By taking part of several robberies, he gets propelled higher into the organization. Then he meets one of the Chief’s concubines Anya, and unwillingly breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe.


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  • ★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    I've never been so glad not to be fluent in Ukrainian sign language. a fascinating reconfiguring of silent cinema modes, THE TRIBE does remarkable things with deep focus, however indebted to the Romanian New Wave those techniques might be. not entirely sure that the film had to be *that* brutal (at times it feels like an affect), but it certainly lubricates this bracingly unique portrait of sub-worlds and the price of escaping from them.

  • ★★★★ review by Daniil333 on Letterboxd

    Well this is certainly not a feel good movie!

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  • ★★★★★ review by Milez Das on Letterboxd

    When I read about this movie, I was excited yet had my doubts about understanding it without any subtitles or language...

    But you don't need that here.

    The Tribe tells a story about a boy who gets admitted to a deaf and mute boarding school, get involved in various activities starting from robbery, beating to prostitution...

    What I loved most about the movie was how the director represented the movie. It consists a total of 34 shots, and here even though you can't understand what exactly the characters are speaking but you can analyze through their actions and body language... And it is just incredible to watch it.

    The performances in this movie are just brilliant. Every character, every frame amazes you... The story itself moves to a direction where you can't imagine what you are about to see in the end...

    I personally liked the performance of Yana Novikova who is fearless and string throughout her characters journey. You just can't take your eyes away from her. She was extraordinary here.

    The Tribe is an exciting drama which slowly becomes something that will thrill you...

  • ★★★★½ review by Enfant du Siècle on Letterboxd

    A group of deaf teenagers run a boarding school instigating violence, crime and prostitution in this remarkable debut by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. It's crude depiction of violence and human behaviour offers a brutal and disturbing portrayal of modern Ukraine.

    The visual aspects, as expected in a contemporary silent film, are of the highest quality: the shots are beautifully composed, a detailed production design and rich cinematography. In addition, the performances from the ensemble cast, based primarily on sign and body language, are rich and powerful.

    Plemya is an ambitious and bold piece of cinema that will not leave you indifferent.

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