The Tribe

The Tribe ★★★★½

Perhaps the most striking subversion of traditional filmic storytelling in recent times. By not giving the audience any outright information about what is happening and what the characters are saying, we are closed off from the frightening, silent world of deaf teenagers presented before us. Even without this central idea, the film's content is so shocking that some of the scenes here are among the most difficult I've ever sat through. But where some may see the graphic sex and violence as a negative aspect of the film, I found it to be bold, breathless and unrelentingly blunt about the reality of what these characters get themselves into. The eerie silence as some human horrors take place before the audience brings to mind the classic 'In space, no one can hear you scream' tagline. For the characters here, on earth no one can hear them scream, and that makes their lives and their actions all the more thrilling and horrifying.