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Krotkaya (2017)

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.

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Sergey Loznitsa

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Sergey Loznitsa
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Credited cast:
Valeriu Andriutã ... Blue face
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Human Rights activist
Vadim Dubovsky Vadim Dubovsky ... Passenger
Vasilina Makovtseva ... A gentle creature
Boris Kamorzin ... Man with the arms in plaster
Sergey Russkin ... Head of the prison
Sergey Kolesov ... Man with spread teeth
Roza Khayrullina Roza Khayrullina ... Passenger, her sister
Viktor Nemets Viktor Nemets ... Goat-faced man in train
Alexander Zamuraev Alexander Zamuraev ... Police lieutenant
Marina Kleshcheva Marina Kleshcheva ... The compassionate one
Konstantin Itunin Konstantin Itunin ... Fellow traveler
Nikolai Kolyada Nikolai Kolyada ... Pauper
Alisa Kravtsova Alisa Kravtsova ... Young harlot
Svetlana Kolesova Svetlana Kolesova ... Gaoler
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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.

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Drama | Mystery

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Language:

Russian

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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€2,000,000 (estimated)
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Worth watching - masterful, efficient and rich storyteling
5 January 2018 | by HumphreywashereSee all my reviews

'A gentle creature' defies categorisation, it is rich with both metaphor and realism. A Russian woman, depicted as 'gentle', searches for an explanation about the seeming disappearance of her husband who should still be in a Siberian prison. Her emotion during this journey is blunted and she gradually weakens further from lack of sleep and tiredness, until she is entirely and completely vulnerable. A courageous woman, she experiences the most extreme bureaucracy and corruption, the type that is the stuff of nightmares. This is masterfully depicted throughout, in scenes that no Hollywood movie is able to match. The viewer feels entrapped like the woman, and her emotional bluntness is understood completely.

Described by other reviewers as bleak, I found the dark mood of this story somewhat balanced by the humanity shown by others, strangers to the woman, who also suffer similar if not worse dilemmas than the woman. Her journey is her own, solitary and with great risk, but she is never invisible to others. Life in this Siberian town may be cold and harsh, but is life in any modern city any less warm?


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