I have to admit, I went into The Tribe with anxiety and apprehension, not excitement. I knew very little of the film other than that it was out of the Ukraine, that there was no dialogue and that due to graphic violent and sexual content that it could be, would most likely be, “difficult to watch.” I fretted for days in advance because I’d committed to penning a reaction blog; I couldn’t back out. And I couldn’t just show up and eye-cover my way through it. Fact is I am extremely sensitive to violence, suffering or cruelty of any sort, physical or mental. During my school years if someone yelled ‘Fight!’ you could bet that I was running away from, not toward, the ‘action.’ I can’t stand to see or hear fists hitting flesh. (True story: I have yet to watch any more than 10 seconds of that Southpaw trailer.) And any hint of emotional cruelty or bullying, in real life or in fiction, often makes me cry. But I love movies, especially the complex, deep and emotionally gut-wrenching ones. So I’ve adapted.
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I had major trepidation before viewing The Tribe. Between Andy’s numerous warnings in every post leading up to Wednesday night, to his long introduction before the film, where I believe he said “challenging”, “difficult to watch” and “prepare yourselves” more than he jumped around, this was Serious Film Viewing. My seat partner and I sighed resignedly at least 4 times before the film began, readying ourselves.
And to think I had to review such a film, well, you’ll forgive the fact that I’m on my second beer as I’m typing this.
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Initially, I was asked to do a little story about the history of Drafthouse Films, and considering how many movies they’ve released that I love, I didn’t hesitate for a second. Once The Tribe was announced as a Film Club screening, however, the focus shifted a little to be more on that specific film, with a little bit of past and future sprinkled in. That narrowed down direction is probably a good thing, as the initial story would have primarily consisted of me ranting about how amazing R100 and A Band Called Death are, and how more people should see The Congress. (which, trust me, would have taken up a good chunk of space in that post).
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Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of July 2015. Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets! Enjoy!
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