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Property developer Jamie has to evict some weird, post-modern hippies from a building. But they slowly drag him into their dark underworld of bizarre rituals and dangerous liaisons. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Joely Richardson ... Emily

Jeremy Northam ... Jamie

Anna Friel ... Lizzie

Trevor Eve ... Kanahan

Laura Fraser ... Megan

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Adam
Sean Francis ... Lawrence
Stephanie Buttle ... Katrinna

George Costigan ... Micky
Lynne Miller ... Judith
Emma Amos ... Diana
Rene Lawrence ... Colin

Michael Feast ... Delario

Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Forester

Kate Isitt ... Caroline

Rupert Penry-Jones ... Dietrich

Andreas Wisniewski ... Lieutenant

John Bowler ... Journalist

Togo Igawa ... Japanese Businessman

Kate Gartside ... Mary

Helen Lindsay ... Emily's Mother
Frank Mills ... Emily's Father

David Schneider ... Man in Waiting Room
Daniel Smith ... Boy 1
Dean Batchelor ... Boy 2
Ben Priolo ... Boy 3
Selina Boyack ... Young Doctor
Rob Marni ... Thug
Stephane Paris ... Waiter

Directed by
Stephen Poliakoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Poliakoff  writer

Produced by
Simon Curtis .... executive producer
George Faber .... producer
Anita Overland .... producer
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Wit Dabal 
Film Editing by
Anne Sopel 
Casting by
Joyce Gallie 
Production Design by
Christopher Hobbs 
Art Direction by
Richard Bridgland 
Costume Design by
Gina Portman 
Makeup Department
Sarah Cherry .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toni Staples .... third assistant director
Art Department
Wade Hannett .... set painter
Campbell Mitchell .... stand-by property master
Sam Stokes .... property master
Sound Department
Sam Auguste .... assistant sound editor
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Mags Scholes .... boom operator
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Van Den Bergh .... model designer
Visual Effects by
Tim Baxter .... optical effects
Dean Forster .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Bucknall .... focus puller
Terry McDonough .... camera operator
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Dean Thompson .... focus puller
Editorial Department
Lionel Johnson .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Jim Threapleton .... unit driver
Other crew
Michael Harm .... location manager
Marzenna Hiles .... script supervisor
Mark Inglis .... set runner
Simon Reade .... script editor

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes, style is better than substance . . ., 3 April 2001
Author: Stuart Ian Burns from Liverpool, England

Dropped from a theatrical release and shown late on BBC2, 'The Tribe' iso one of the 150 films made each year in Britain which fails at the distribution hurdle. Which is a shame, because as an experience there are few films as strange, tingly and beautiful.

A reluctant Northam finds himself in the position of having to evict a long standing cult from a fabulous piece of real estate. He is amazed to find a group of people who seem to be happy to live within on the edges of society, who are happy with their own company but happy to use the world around them from nature to people as they see fit. As he is drawn into their world he finds that he can only be the agent of its destruction.

It's a theme which in many ways was covered a little more successfully in 'Pleasantville' and in countless films about rain forests. Working better in this film is the theme of the outsider in society - the twist being how much like them we would like to be. Years before 'The Matrix' we have people in long black coats striding arrogantly through their landscape, through city parks and the inner city. The bystanders look on with a mixture of discust and envy.

Richardson offers an enigmatic performance, as do the other 'are you in it too?' members of the tribe. Like Northam we don't know who they are and its at only very infrequent moments that we see the cracks below their reserve. By offering such understated performances, we find ourselves trying to reflect into them. Our imaginations try to work out their former lives.

Whilst we know the ending is innevitable, like the lead character we are happy to be taken along for the ride . . .

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