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My friend, a scriptwriter, once told me that there is a recipe for a movie about Eastern Europe that will be popular in the West.

The recipe was: take all the stereotypes about people living there, make them victims either of the system or fate, and make the message of the movie as clear as possible to avoid any misunderstandings.

I recalled this advice when I was watching “A Gentle Creature,” a drama film by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, in an overcrowded cinema during the Odesa International Film Festival.

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