FFCC members review Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s ‘The Tribe’

FFCC members review Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s all-deaf cast drama from the Ukraine, The Tribe.


Juan Barquin, Dim the House Lights

“A friend once questioned, with regards to Gaspar Noé’s work, whether or not a film could actually be good when it was meant to be a purposely painful experience to sit through. I used to believe that yes, it could be, and I still do. But sitting through over two hours of The Tribe has made me realize that there’s nothing worse than being forced to experience something that only exists to get a rise out of its audience without even once contemplating why it was doing so in the first place.”

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Hans Morgenstern, Independent Ethos

“As Slaboshpitsky allows the camera to roll on and on … and on and on, you may find yourself tuning out of the narrative to grumble that you get the point.”

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Reuben Pereira, Film Frontier

“What’s the point of a brilliant conceit and bravura filmmaking technique if there isn’t an interesting narrative or fleshed-out characters to back it up?”

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Ruben Rosario, Miami Art Zine

“The director’s decision to shoot the bulk of the film in long shots, with few, if any, cuts within scenes, places a burden on the otherwise well-cast actors, one they’re increasingly ill-equipped to handle. The characters are thus reduced to shrill players in a very creaky plot, but even on those cheap terms, there’s no weight to their drastic actions, and what’s supposed to come across as a hard-hitting denouement for the members of The Tribe‘s tribe musters little more than a weak ‘so what?'”

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