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A Gentle Creature (2017)

Krotkaya (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 16 August 2017 (France)
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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
2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Valeriu Andriuta ... Blue face (as Valeriu Andriutã)
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Human Rights activist
Roza Khayrullina Roza Khayrullina ... Passenger, her sister
Vasilina Makovtseva ... A gentle creature
Boris Kamorzin ... Man with the arms in plaster
Sergey Russkin ... Head of the prison
Sergey Fedorov Sergey Fedorov ... Taxi driver
Alisa Kravtsova Alisa Kravtsova ... Young harlot
Larisa Simonova Larisa Simonova ... The unhelpful clerk
Viktor Nemets Viktor Nemets ... Goat-faced man in train
Marina Kleshcheva Marina Kleshcheva ... The compassionate one
Sergey Koshonin Sergey Koshonin ... Criminal authority
Sergey Kolesov ... Man with spread teeth
Alexander Zamuraev Alexander Zamuraev ... Police lieutenant
Nikolai Kolyada Nikolai Kolyada ... Pauper


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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Reminds me of a few different things, but I've never seen anything quite like it.
9 March 2020 | by GiraffeDoorSee all my reviews

When I first read the premise of this movie (the returned package) I wasn't sure if this would be a horror movie or not.

What I got is decidedly not a horror movie but it is indeed terrifying in its own way.

An ineffably strange and atmospheric odyssey of one woman through a prison town, meeting vivid character after vivid character, each cartoonish in their own way yet at once, almost too real, like a sort of modern day urban Alice in Wonderland.

Valentina Makovtseva plays this unfortunate wife with a quite, smouldering intensity that makes me sure I would recognise her in anything else I see. Even in her resting face she is hard to forget. The candid, episodic narrative tells a story of modern Russia in the numerous people that make it up; a world composed of those desperately trying to make the best of a system that no one seems to have seen coming and those who are part of the system and where the petty criminals and the law enforcement are alike in brutality and apathy.

Although it is not a horror movie, it is envisioned exactly as one should be: the seductive cinematography, the candid angles, the way it always lingers on action even when the scene is effectively at its close; I hope the director of this does direct a horror one day. No need to write it, just give a good script their treatment.

This movie is sort of like a Russian turnip. Not sweet and definitely unsavoury, but on some level I suspect its good for you. Though it's never aggressive, it never relents, it takes no short cuts yet it never drags. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth that I don't think I'll ever forget.

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Russian | French

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16 August 2017 (France) See more »

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Daugavpils, Latvia See more »


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EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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