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The Tribe

3.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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In this intriguing drama, a real estate developer buys an old house in London, only to discover a group belonging to some sort of bizarre cult living there. While the developer intends to evict them, he soon finds himself intrigued by their lifestyle of f

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  • Actors: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joely Richardson, Jeremy Northam, Anna Friel, Laura Fraser
  • Directors: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Writers: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Producers: Simon Curtis, George Faber
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tango Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FO0AD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tribe" on IMDb

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Jamie (Jeremy Northam) is charged by the head of his firm with removing a mysterious group from some property he wants to develop. This `tribe' is a sort of cult, which barricades itself inside a gated mansion in a seedy part of London. Local, would-be hooligans are afraid of this group for no particular reason, especially considering the group is comprised of feeble, malnourished models. To earn a living, the Tribe sells electronic gadgetry on the street. How they obtain the gadgetry in the first place is a bit of a secret, though the group suspects it involves an exchange for sex between a desperate Japanese businessman and their leader, Emily (Joely Richardson). All of this is peripheral to the real crux of the group, which is free love. Jamie penetrates the group (quite literally) in the name of procuring the land that houses the group's fortress, though he finds himself increasingly both enamored of the Tribe's charm and disillusioned by his career ambitions. Made for the Beeb, there are certainly some silly moments, such as several scenes of the group strutting down the street or over meadows in their black robes, or barging into the compound of a competing sect and trying to form an alliance. Nonetheless, this film certainly provides enough mystery and allure to hold one's interest for most of its runtime. I initially wanted to watch it for Kate Isitt (of `Coupling' fame), though her role is very, very small. Not to fret, Northam and Richardson prove to be charming attractions. Anna Friel, however, practically steals the show as the wayward and free-spirited (read: loose) Lizzie. Fans of Jonathan Rhys Meyers probably will not be disappointed to find him fully nude in a couple scenes as well. There is also a series of this show, though I am not familiar with it.Read more ›
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Like many, I first became aware of this made-for-TV movie due to all the hype over Anna Friel's nude scene. And if that's what you want to watch it for, well, you'll get what you want, and very pretty it is too. But after that, there's actually a very engaging story.

*Slight Spoilers Ahead*

The gist of the story is that Jamie (Jeremy Northam) is tasked by his overbearing boss with driving out the legitimate tenants of a building that the boss wishes to redevelop. The tenants appear to be some sort of cult: they stride around as a group in black-trenchcoat style (remember, this was released a year before The Matrix), are feared by the local ruffians, and make their living selling top-of-the-range electronic goods at criminally cheap prices. Jamie sets out to discover their secret: are they indeed criminals, are they a religious cult, are they into drugs, or what? And the secret is - that there is no secret. The movie is essentially about the gently charismatic and well-intentioned Emily (Joely Richardson) who sets up a community with a different way of life. There are no drugs; the goods are obtained legitimately from a Japanese businessman who has a crush (either romantic or ideological) on Emily; and while there is a certain sexual freedom (that gives Ms Friel the opportunity for her legendary scene), it is by no means a sex cult.

What the community offers its members more than anything else is safety; safety built on an illusion maintained by Emily. When this illusion starts to crack, so does the community - and so, to some extent, does Emily herself. Astute at puncturing the image of a rival 'cult' leader, she fails to realise when she is about to do the same to herself. It is left to Jamie to try and salvage something of the utopia he thinks he's found.
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The Tribe is that rarest of films, one that demands its audience's attention all the way through. It is also typical Poliakoff so do not expect a neat, Hollywood ending.
Do not let this put you off as the acting, particularly from Jeremy Northam and Anna Friel, is superb. You feel really involved with the character of Jamie (Northam) and experience his series of revelations along with him. Well worth buying if you want to be engaged with the characters and not just drip-fed. If you liked Cypher, you should enjoy this. If you have not seen either, I thoroughly recommend you get both!
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I first about this film after reading an interview with Anna Friel and became curious and started searching for a video release. I just happened upon it one day. The story is somewhat contrived and is at its weakest when it tries to preach non-conformity and freedom of choice among the young people, when ultimately they realize the only choices they have are different types of confirmity. That probably makes no sense, but now you how I felt after watching this movie. And hey, Anna Friel looks great naked.
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A lame ending can ruin a good movie and a terrific ending can save a mediocre one. But an ambiguous ending just plain irritates me. Either the filmmaker didn't have the guts to commit himself or he just wasn't up creatively to the job. Good actors and an interesting plot but no ending isn't artistic, it is just an incomplete script.
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By Michael Witzel on February 1, 2013
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Das Produkt ist soweit O.K. So wie beschrieben wurde es auch geliefert.
Lieferung erfolgte zum Termin.
Es entsprich meine Vorstellungen.
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