A Gentle Creature


A Gentle Creature

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 33


Audience Score

User Ratings: 51
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Movie Info

A woman lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia. One day she receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked 'return to sender'. Shocked and confused, the woman has no choice but to travel to the prison in a remote region of the country in search of an explanation. So begins the story of a battle against this impenetrable fortress, the prison where the forces of social evil are constantly at work. Braving violence and humiliation, in the face of all opposition, our protagonist embarks on a blind quest for justice.


Vasilina Makovtseva
as Gentle Creature
Liya Akhedzhakova
as Human Rights Activist
Boris Kamorzin
as Man With Plaster Cast
Marina Kleshcheva
as The Compassionate One

Critic Reviews for A Gentle Creature

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

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

    Apr 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Leading man Neumann is a find in his screen debut, with the looks of 'Liberty Valance'-era Lee Van Cleef.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • The sheer scope of the project demands recognition. It misses the moon by a galaxy, but at least it is has the nerve to take the shot.

    May 26, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Krotkaya is a vision of hell, conducted with the horrible brio of an angry parody by Shostakovich.

    May 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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