Best of the Day: The Tribe – June 23, 2015

Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, this sign language film grips audiences without uttering a single word. Catch the director in person at the Brattle tonight.

Welcome to Best of the Day, our daily recommendation for what to check out around town. If you do one thing in Boston today, consider this.

The Tribe

Still from The Tribe

No words are spoken in The Tribe. And none are needed. Even without dialogue, this film has been grabbing audiences by the lapels and holding them spellbound. Filmed entirely in unsubtitled sign language, The Tribe follows the path of Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), who starts as a new student at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf where he falls in with the wrong crowd, and soon finds himself drawn into the criminal underground.

Stripped of speech, the film becomes a sensory experience heightened by striking scenery, gliding camera shots, sinuous acting, and the eerie prevalence of its sound effects—whether it’s the sound of feet crunching through snow, fabric rustling, or fists striking flesh during a fight scene.

If you missed your chance to see it at the Independent Film Festival this spring, it’s back at the Brattle tonight—with director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy appearing in person.

$12 general admission/$10 all discounts, June 23, 7 p.m., Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6837,