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Gentle

Directed by Anna Nemes, László Csuja
2022
Hungary, Germany
93 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Competitive bodybuilder Eszter Csonka stars in the haunting tale of Edina, an athlete willing to sacrifice everything for perfection and success. In Sundance 2022.
The first Hungarian film selected for competition at Sundance takes us into a rarely seen world. Edina and her trainer-partner Ádám (former bodybuilder György Turós) have spent 10 years preparing for this moment. Now in peak physical and mental condition, Edina is ready to compete for the world title. But first the financially struggling couple must raise thousands of euros for dietary supplements and travel expenses. In desperation Edina turns to sex work for clients with muscle fetishes, triggering doubts about her relationship with Ádám. This unexpectedly tender drama contrasts the harsh realities of female bodybuilding with lyrical, dreamlike scenes of attraction and seduction.
The filmmakers’ reverence for what makes bodybuilding a unique sport and Csonka’s captivating performance keep Gentle on its own distinct path.
Marya E. Gates, RogerEbert.com
Truly gets under the skin, upending how we initially view the main character and her muscle-bound body to reveal the multidimensional person within.
Jay Weissburg, The Film Verdict
Subtly, moodily, Gentle works its way under your skin so imperceptibly that you might not even notice you care.
Jessica Kiang, Variety

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Wed 8 Jun
8:45pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
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Mon 13 Jun
6:15pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
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Program Strand
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Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Hungary, Germany
Language
In English and Hungarian with English subtitles
Director
Anna Nemes, László Csuja
Producer
András Muhi, Gábor Ferenczy
Cast
Eszter Csonka, György Turós
Screenwriter
Anna Nemes, László Csuja
Cinematographer
Zágon Nagy
Editor
Attila Csabai
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Sport, Gender & Sexuality, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Films Boutique
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