Linh is a Vietnamese woman ostensibly saved from an arranged marriage by Thien, a well-to-do pawnshop owner. She is young and curious; he is older, more controlling. Over time Thien's unsentimental approach to marriage suffocates Linh. She seeks solace in the Church, infuriating her husband even further.
Delving deep into the psychology of its characters, Le-Van Kiet's elegant third feature deconstructs a marriage that was doomed from the start. Gentle translates Dostoyevsky's short story A Gentle Creature to contemporary Vietnam, sublty incorporating elements of the country's social divide across economic classes. Gentle premiered at Busan, Rotterdam and Warsaw.