The Tribe Review

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A deaf-mute teenager (Fesenko) tries to fit into the the wordless world of his new Kiev boarding school.


Unsparing and occasionally wince-inducing, this entirely sign-languaged drama makes 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days look like How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. Yet the wordless world of its Kiev deaf boarding school casts a rather bewitching spell, daring you to keep up with its tearabout teens as they communicate with the quickfire physicality of dancers in-between smoking, pimping and fighting with droogish abandon. Keep an eye out for first-time actor Grigory Fesenko, who expertly navigates this concrete take on Lord Of The Flies with the assurance of a veteran.

A fierce, visceral drama that casts a bewitching spell.