A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature

A woman travels to a remote prison to track down her incarcerated husband in this Cannes Palme d'Or-nominated drama from Sergei Loznitza. Loosely inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short story of the same name.

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.

2017Rating: R13, Sexual violence, violence & offensive language143 minsFranceRussian with English subtitles
DramaMysteryWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Zero stars

The message of the film was brilliantly conveyed in the first 5-10 minutes where a Russian woman, who lives in the middle of nowhere, takes the bus to town to pickup a care parcel she had sent to her husband who is in jail and which has been returned with no reason given. The next 2¼ hours is used to repeat the message that modern Russia is an inhuman place...

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Variety

Variety

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A captivating, hallucinatory plunge into Russia's atrophied civil society, in which a woman's search for answers is rewarded with humiliation and abuse.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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Loznitsa's construction of this world apart - which is, of course, a grotesque allegory for Russia itself - is as immersive as it is unnerving.

5.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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It certainly provides a convulsive, if not cathartic kind of horror.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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The film never regains its delicate balance between women's drama and parable of nationhood; but it remains a fascinating failure.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A Gentle Creature is not what one might call a fun watch. But it's also obviously not just horror for horror's sake.

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Variety

Variety

press

A captivating, hallucinatory plunge into Russia's atrophied civil society, in which a woman's search for answers is rewarded with humiliation and abuse.

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Loznitsa's construction of this world apart - which is, of course, a grotesque allegory for Russia itself - is as immersive as it is unnerving.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It certainly provides a convulsive, if not cathartic kind of horror.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The film never regains its delicate balance between women's drama and parable of nationhood; but it remains a fascinating failure.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A Gentle Creature is not what one might call a fun watch. But it's also obviously not just horror for horror's sake.

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Zero stars

The message of the film was brilliantly conveyed in the first 5-10 minutes where a Russian woman, who lives in the middle of nowhere, takes the bus to town to pickup a care parcel she had sent to her husband who is in jail and which has been returned with no reason given. The next 2¼ hours is used to repeat the message that modern Russia is an inhuman...

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