UKRAINE / NETHERLANDS – 2013 – 132 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SIGN LANGUAGE WITH NO SUBTITLES
A FILM BY MYROSLAV SLABOSHPITSKIY
Winner! 2014 Cannes International Critics’ Week Award
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 the, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences.
★★★★ - "...These moments make The Tribe something of a gutting for the audience, but they’re an undeniably stark way to drive the movie’s main idea home: that both on the screen and in life, there are things that we simply should not look away from, bits of grace and horror from which we remain willfully blind. It wants us to look carefully — and it knows all too well how hard that really is."
- National Post
★★★★ - "The Tribe is intended to unsettle, which it does so expertly it should come with a warning to the squeamish. Some of the violence is poetic: A gang fight in a park, where only the kicks, blows and laboured breathing are heard, is merciless and animalistic. It’s also oddly beautiful, like watching West Side Story with the sound turned off."
- Globe and Mail
"Without a translation the film is a haunting, almost otherworldly experience. When the lights in the theatre came up, it felt like I was waking from a nightmare. I liked it."
- CHCH, The Watchlist
"...extremely effective, daring and captivating story, in spite of the fact that not one single word is ever uttered."
- Horror Talk