Tenderness (Niha) Blu-ray

Tenderness (Neha)

Slovak filmmaker Martin Šulík’s striking debut feature is a rich and complex coming-of-age story set against a background of political upheaval and a country in the throws of transformation and revolution. 

Simon, a young student, is drawn into a relationship with an older couple, Maria and Viktor, the dynamics of which veer between passion and cruelty. Simon finds himself caught in a love/hate triangle he does not fully comprehend, the key to which is linked to the dark secrets of their past. 

Analysing human relations in the early years of post-communism, Tenderness presents a world still profoundly affected by the moral corruption characteristic of the years of following the Soviet invasion of 1968.

“It is the best Slovak feature debut ever.” - Martin Ciel 

A work of considerable formal and visual distinction. Sulik’s precise, sympathetic, and analytical direction heralded the arrival of a major new talent.” - Peter Hames, The Best of Slovak Film 1921-1991

Inspired by Tarkovsky’s films and Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris.” - Viera Langerová

A strong and rewarding debut, which combines dry comedy with Bergmanesque characterisation... thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable.” - Central Europe Review

Production Year: 1991
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 108 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Slovak
Subtitles: English SDH
Audio: 1.0 Mono LPCM audio (48k/24-bit)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Colour: Colour
Director Martin Sulík
Cast Maria Pakulnis
Cast György Cserhalmi
Cast Géza Benkõ


  • Tenderness (Neha) (1990) presented from the new 2K restoration of the film from original materials supervised by the Slovak Film Institute and approved by the director.
  • On Tenderness’ (2020) - a new documentary on the film and its legacy
  • Hurá (1989) - Martin Šulík’s acclaimed short film.
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Peter Hames.
  • Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
  • World premiere on Blu-ray