Tribe (2014)

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Avg Rating: 3.9 / 5. Voted: 37

No one cared thus far. Do you?

AKA: Plemya
Directed by: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi
Starring: Grygoriy Fesenko (New student), Yana Novikova (Blonde girl), Roza Babiy (Brunette girl), Olexandr Osadchyi (Leader)
Country: Ukraine; Effed Up Soviet Movies
Language: Ukrainian Sign Language
Runtime: 02:12:05
Genres: Human Trafficking-Prostitution, Teen, Gruesome

Plot – Spoilers:
A new student arrives at a boarding school for the deaf and is quickly initiated into the tribal gang that runs things there. Their activities include using the smaller boys to sell soft toys on trains, but primarily they pimp a couple of the senior girls out or mug older folk. All aided by their woodwork teacher.

The newbie does everything to fit in by not resisting and even proving himself in a hazing fight. But he often gets left out (no beer for you – mugging scene) and sometimes is even treated like a contemptible noob (first time out pimping the girls).

In the end, it’s a tribe that claims to think about the collective rather than the individual. A tribe that quickly moves on from the shocking death of one of its members. And finally, a tribe that in practice, actually follows the diktats of its leader who’s basically looking out for himself.

While the movie is silent in its use of voice or music and is slow-paced, it’s shrill and quick during its moments of brutality, one of which you might feel in your genital areas. It’s also a credit to the director, narration and the actors that even though you might not have a clue about Ukrainian sign language, you’ll get most of it, probably even better than you would a foreign-language movie without subs. The lack of subtitles also helps brutally move the world of the deaf further away from those that can hear.

Personally speaking, The Tribe was a gentle reminder that however tribal we might still be, living in a tribe doesn’t seem like something to yearn for.

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tache noir
tache noir
February 19, 2024 5:40 pm

I think it’s a mistake to exclude so many people by not having subtitles. One should at least have the option.

December 7, 2022 7:37 pm

This movie is a piece of shit. If you’re going to make a movie where dialogue won’t be understood by a majority of the world, and refuse to translate, maybe you shouldn’t waste the majority of a 2 hour movie filming people having conversations or people using sign language in the dark. Complete waste of time for a pretentious shit idea for a gimmick! Disturbing? Nope! Effed up? Nope! Basically a really long and pointless story about a kid joining the local schoolyard gang and being shitty at being a criminal .

October 9, 2022 10:58 am

fun fact: the admin wanted to upload a good ukrainian movie but the only one he found that doesn’t defend or celebrate nazism was this silent film lol

A A Ron
A A Ron
March 12, 2022 1:22 am

How the fuck do you guys know sign language

Zed Man
Zed Man
March 5, 2022 8:30 am

Respect for anyone who can correctly say directors surname. Its like a tongue twister.

nina hase
nina hase
March 4, 2022 4:36 pm

very good movie!
attention – brutal … cruel.. and sad !

Butch Coolidge
Butch Coolidge
March 4, 2022 12:00 am

Let me start by saying nice touch EUM by posting an Ukrainian movie… but you could have chosen a better one. Very slow, poorly executed (the fighting / beating scenes are laughable) and not engaging at all. I’m disappointed, biatch!!!

OJ not Simpson
OJ not Simpson
March 3, 2022 9:10 am

I watched this movie few years ago, brutal but honest. By the way sign language they use is different from American or Australian.