Review: The Tribe, 2015, dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

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“Alfred Hitchcock once opined that a correctly designed picture should elicit screams from a Japanese audience at the same time as an Indian audience. Language, in other words, shouldn’t be a barrier to experiencing the thrill of the cinema. Two particular films released in 2015 loudly echo Hitch’s inestimable wisdom: First, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, and now Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi’s The Tribe, a 2014 joint that’s long off the festival circuit and enjoying its theatrical run through the U.S. this summer. If you’ve only heard whispers and murmurs about the film, then you no doubt are aware that it’s presented entirely in sign language and boasts zero subtitles. Let that sink in for a moment and properly daunt you.” (Via Cinematic Essential.)

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