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A Gentle Creature isn't an easy watch, but this grim look at modern Russia's bureaucratic nightmare offers rich, thought-provoking rewards. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

After mailing a package to her incarcerated husband, a woman sets out on a hazardous journey when it is returned to her and labeled "return to sender."

Cast & Crew

Vasilina Makovtseva
A gentle creature
Liya Akhedzhakova
Human Rights activist
Boris Kamorzin
Man with the arms in plaster
Marina Kleshcheva
The compassionate one
Sergey Kolesov
Man with spread teeth
Viktor Nemets
Goat-faced man in train
Sergey Loznitsa
Screenwriter
Carine Leblanc
Executive Producer
Oleg Mutu
Cinematographer
Danielius Kokanauskis
Film Editor
Kirill Shuvalov
Production Design
Juris Zhukovskis
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Critic Reviews for A Gentle Creature

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  • The film gives us a rich, clammy idea of Russia's horrors as we follow a woman (Vasilina Makovtseva) into a bureaucratic hell.

    April 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a fitfully interesting insight into a determined woman's fight for justice but, with its corruption and frustrating cycles of fruitless administration, this is best read as an allegory of Russia itself, which could hardly be more topical.

    April 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A Gentle Creature has a warped, nightmarish-like feel anyway.

    April 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Leading man Neumann is a find in his screen debut, with the looks of 'Liberty Valance'-era Lee Van Cleef.

    April 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • After two-and-a-half hours of punishing, brutal drama, you'll probably feel almost as battered as the poor heroine.

    April 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • When she realises that her odyssey is pointless and that there are far more pressing concerns in Mother Russia than a missing prisoner, Loznitsa takes a bold stylistic U-turn before unloading a final shotgun cartridge to the face in a silly coda.

    May 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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