PLEMYA (2014)


A film by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi

Cast: Hryhoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy

English: The Tribe 

Ukrainian director Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s film got a lot of attention at Cannes because the fact that he used deaf actors for the story but there is no subtitles nor anything else for that matter. Just watch the film as is and you will understand.The Tribe,” is told entirely in sign language although it is hardly a silent film Slaboshpytskyi’s uses Tati-esque footsteps to build tension, as are the frequent Steadicam shots, which give the movie a perverse elegance and energy. It follows rise of a new pupil (Grigory Fesenko) through a criminal gang based around a boarding school for deaf students. The film is about the close up world and the deaf gang getting through life of crime. and how the  gangs have their own language and code, inscrutable to outsiders. A conflict develops as the new guy, known as Sergey , develops an obsession with one of the prostitutes (Yana Novikova) the gang sells at a truck stop. First about Yana she is a deaf actress and it is her first role she went to a boarding school and asked a girl if she is sell herself to truck drivers ,she confirmed it because she has no parents and needs to take care of herself in order to feed and clothes herself. There is a brutal scene of an abortion her character has to got through an abortion in a woman’s bathroom that is a bit hard to watch.

Although the movie opens with a sentimental quotation (“Everything terrible is something that needs our love”). Yes there is some serious violence in this film but it demonstrate the message that Slaboshpytskyi wants you to see.




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