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The Tribe (2014)

Plemya (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 11 September 2014 (Ukraine)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Sasha Rusakov Sasha Rusakov
Denis Gruba Denis Gruba
Dania Bykobiy Dania Bykobiy
Lenia Pisanenko Lenia Pisanenko
Kyrylo Koshyk Kyrylo Koshyk ... Sponsor (as Kyril Koshyk)
Maryna Panivan Maryna Panivan ... Nora


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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Director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky does not understand sign language and had to have interpreters on set to communicate and make sure that the actors were sticking to the script. See more »


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brutal, original, experimental
14 October 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Sergei arrives at an Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf. He's a shy new kid who gets picked on. He is recruited into the ruling gang. They pimp out two of the older girls. Sergei is tasked with being the suitcase pimp and falls for Anya. King rules the organization and decides to sell the girls. Sergei revolts causing chaos and bloodshed.

There is sound but rarely any dialog. The sign language does not get translated into subtitles. One must guess at the plot but it's not impossible. The challenge of interpreting the story has some appeal. The question becomes what this is trying to achieve and what it actually achieves. It doesn't really put the audience into the shoes of the deaf. They actually know what's being said in the movie although it could give a sense of the deaf trying to understand the hearing world. There are some brutal graphic scenes. This is a shocking movie but I must admit that I fastforwarded some of the movie. It's too hard to watch such a quiet movie. One can't compare this to silent movies since those always have music. This is an interesting original experimental movie but I'm not sure what it achieves.

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School #186, Kyiv, Ukraine See more »


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$11,094, 21 June 2015

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