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A deaf boy joins a boarding school for similar children. Confronted by the violent and criminal antics of some of the other boys and girls, he struggles to conform and join the 'tribe'.

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Credited cast:
Hryhoriy Fesenko Hryhoriy Fesenko ... Sergei (as Grigoriy Fesenko)
Yana Novikova Yana Novikova ... Anya
Rosa Babiy Rosa Babiy ... Svetka
Oleksandr Dsiadevych Oleksandr Dsiadevych ... Gera (as Alexander Dsiadevich)
Yaroslav Biletskiy Yaroslav Biletskiy
Ivan Tishko Ivan Tishko ... Makar
Oleksandr Osadchyi Oleksandr Osadchyi ... King (as Alexander Osadchiy)
Oleksandr Sydelnykov Oleksandr Sydelnykov ... Shnyr (as Alexander Sidelnikov)
Oleksandr Panivan Oleksandr Panivan ... Woodwork Teacher (as Alexander Panivan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyrylo Koshyk Kyrylo Koshyk ... Sponsor (as Kyril Koshyk)
Maryna Panivan Maryna Panivan ... Nora
Tetyana Radchenko Tetyana Radchenko ... Principal
Liudmyla Rudenko Liudmyla Rudenko ... History Teacher (as Lyudmila Rudenko)
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A deaf teenager enters a specialized boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organization - the tribe. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe's hierarchy. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Ukraine | Netherlands

Release Date:

11 September 2014 (Ukraine) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tribe See more »

Filming Locations:

School #186, Kiev, Ukraine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,094, 21 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,564, 20 September 2015
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DTS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The actors communicate in Ukranian sign language - anecdotally, users of western European sign languages may understand about 70% of it. See more »

Goofs

When trolling the truckers for the girls the 2nd time, a Boom Mic is visible in the reflection of the truck. See more »

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Featured in See Hear: Film Casting & Portrayal (2015) See more »

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Tribal
24 April 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

Sent to a boarding school designed to cater for deaf mute students, a teenager has trouble fitting in with his new peers in this dark drama from Ukraine. The film is shot entirely in sign language without any subtitles or narration - a stylistic choice that sounds promising. Indeed, the first twenty to thirty minutes of 'The Tribe' feel fascinatingly different from most other movies as it is necessary to concentrate on the body language and facial expressions of the characters to work out what they are saying. Unfortunately, the film runs much longer than that, and while there are some highlights later on, two hours is incredibly long for a movie like this with the novelty value of no dialogue dissipating around halfway through. The film's other novelty aspect -- being shot in 34 very long single takes -- also becomes troublesome as the film progresses since the single take process leads to most shots being long distance ones in which it is hard to read body language and therefore difficult to decipher what is happening. The precious little that can be made out of 'The Tribe''s plot is admittedly fascinating though. There seems be some sort of sordid culture in the boarding school environment, which at least some of the teachers appear to encourage and foster. Echoes of films like 'Unman, Wittering & Zigo' and Sidney Lumet's 'Child's Play' are felt with the suggestion of something sinister in the air, but as mentioned, what exactly is hard to tell. The film certainly ends on a potent note at least with a reminder of how vulnerable we all are when we cannot hear.


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