Beanpole

Beanpole

Beanpole

Russian World War II drama set in battle-torn Leningrad where two young female soldiers attempt to rebuild their lives from the ruins.

"Iya, the ‘beanpole’ of the title, is a nurse at a hospital for patients suffering from wartime injuries. She is joined here by Masha, with whom she has an intense emotional bond, and whose young son she has been looking after while Masha was serving in the Red Army. Circumstances will have traumatic repercussions on their relationship and irredeemably shape their future..." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Sex scenes, nudity & content that may disturb134 minsRussiaRussian with English subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld Cinema

Beanpole / Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Even if the film seems slow at times, there’s always something to look at, including Miroshnichenko and Perelygina, who are able to find grace and dignity in two such odd, hollowed-out characters.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Beanpole is a take on postwar trauma, post-ceasefire collateral damage, and the process of healing that uniquely prioritizes the female perspective.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Even though it’s a bleak and uncompromising film, it’d be unfair to call Beanpole “misery porn.” The questions it’s asking are much more complicated, and more cutting, than that.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

I imagine even Billy Wilder would’ve gotten misty-eyed during the final, perfectly-pitched moments of this extraordinary film...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

The world is broken, but it keeps on spinning. Co-written by Balagov and Aleksandr Terekhov, the film happens upon a number of indelible ways to articulate this purgatorial kind of inertia.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This is a story of people for whom the horror of war has not ended, for whom peace is the horror of war by other means... Beanpole is moving, disturbing, overwhelming.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The characters don't seem to exist outside the stilted drama of their individual scenes; the ambiguities of Balagov's detached approach yield a sentimental tale of pride and reverence.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

The choices in themselves are not the problem; the difficulties arise from writing that has fewer good ideas about these people than it does about their circumstances.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The film is an improbably thrilling work of art by virtue of its physical beauty and its relentless intensity of feeling about people who would prefer in their heart of shattered hearts to feel nothing.

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Variety

Variety

Beanpole is incredibly bleak, but crafted with such care that it’s also deeply compelling.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It’s a demanding sit, a film both rigorous and indulgent, rewarding and aggravating.

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