A woman lives in a small village in Russia. One day she receives the parcel she sent to her husband, serving a sentence in prison. Confused and angered, she sets out to find why her package was returned to sender.


Sergey Loznitsa


Sergey Loznitsa
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Credited cast:
Valeriu Andriuta ... Blue face (as Valeriu Andriutã)
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Human Rights activist
Vasilina Makovtseva ... A gentle creature
Roza Khayrullina Roza Khayrullina ... Passenger, her sister
Sergey Kolesov ... Man with spread teeth
Sergey Russkin ... Head of the prison
Boris Kamorzin ... Man with the arms in plaster
Viktor Nemets Viktor Nemets ... Goat-faced man in train
Marina Kleshcheva Marina Kleshcheva ... The compassionate one
Sergey Fyodorov Sergey Fyodorov ... Taxi driver (as Sergey Fedorov)
Svetlana Kolesova Svetlana Kolesova ... Gaoler
Konstantin Itunin Konstantin Itunin ... Fellow traveler
Vadim Dubovsky Vadim Dubovsky ... Passenger
Alexander Zamuraev Alexander Zamuraev ... Police lieutenant
Larisa Simonova Larisa Simonova ... The unhelpful clerk


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. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Drama | Mystery


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An Impressive Movie
6 April 2018 | by attilatormusSee all my reviews

I must confess this. Till the last 20 minutes I had some doubts about this movie. I was questioning some scenes and I was about to see this movie as an average try to make a good movie. But the last 20 minutes completes the whole movie perfectly and all my doubts were erased and I was totally wrong on my questioning. It is like a puzzle and the last big piece comes at the end. I found a piece of Fellini's festive language and Tarkovsky's mystery in the movie but it is totally a brand new approach, not an imitated way, contrarily very fresh approach. Very impressive movie, very impressive direction and performance of all artists. All I can say is just to thank to them. It must be watched!

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Russian | French

Release Date:

16 August 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gentle Creature See more »

Filming Locations:

Daugavpils, Latvia See more »


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2.35 : 1
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