Kim Ki-Duk’s Moebius was a film with no dialogue, for pure stylistic pleasure.
The Tribe is a film with no dialogue. For a reason. Their character’s are youth living in an institutionalised deaf/dumb centre.
The effect is similar in both movies. For lack of a better metaphor, the characters’ silence is deafening, more disturbing than any loud cry could ever be, and quickly gives way, in both films, to a wave of unstoppable violence. Love, sex is in both cases the spark lightning the fire.
- The Tribe uses the same stylistic visual language of Elephant , long steady-cam shots, following teenagers on their constant, restless movements
- Can I say the films proposes a post-romanian-new-wave realism breathing an ante-2000s, fresh out of communism air
- Everything breaths raw violence, even more the love/sex scenes, although aesthetically pleasing.
- Powerful emotional scenes (the two girlfriends quarrel furiously in sign language)
- Cannes Critic’s Week Grand Prize 2014