Reviews

Sep 13, 2021
Oh God. How horrid. How unfair. How intense. How glorious.
Aug 2, 2021
Its images, of solid aesthetic invoice, not only speak about the psychological wounds of the war in two women, but also about buried socio-political criticisms of Russia. [Full review in Spanish]
Jul 13, 2021
There is a technical sophistication to Beanpole that's hard not to admire. Balagov's plotting is particularly shrewd.
Jun 4, 2021
It's a remarkable achievement by a young director, who manages to conjure an ending so beautiful that it makes the misery bearable.
May 5, 2021
Vasilisa Perelygina and Viktoria Miroshnichenko deliver stellar performances along with Timofey Glazkov (who delivers one of the best child performances of the year) and the film is beautifully captured by Kseniya Sereda.
Mar 13, 2021
This impeccably performed drama explores the impact of war from a fresh perspective.
Mar 8, 2021
A pretty potent and convincing depiction of how a society, broken into pieces by the war... tries to take stock of what's left.
Feb 4, 2021
The intense relationship between Masha and Iya, without being overtly sexual, is explored in some depth. However, I would not recommend this film to someone who is depressed, particularly in these grim days.
Jan 28, 2021
If Come and See was a scream engulfed by rage, Beanpole is the sort of mournful wail that never escapes your lips.
Jan 27, 2021
Dramas don't come much bleaker than Beanpole, director Kantemir Balagov's wrenching story about the damage caused by war, and the exceedingly high cost of survival.
Jan 26, 2021
Beanpole is an unsparing portrait of the tenderness and cruelty born out of war.
Dec 18, 2020
For all its tragedy, Beanpole is a beautiful film, with carefully composed frames and muted cinematography by Kseniya Sereda.
Dec 16, 2020
They're caught in a reactionary series of events that pushes them to go against every fiber of their beings if it means not becoming trapped in a corner alone.
Nov 27, 2020
The friendship between two women is used to punctuate the horror of war.
Nov 25, 2020
The leads are superb, and Balagov exhibits a masterful touch beyond his years.
Sep 12, 2020
[Director/co-writer] Kantemir Balagov has created a story that may be about what happens after the war but there is no grit, grim or absolute misery which sometimes dominates this genre but there is pain, love, and delicate bond that hopefully will last.
Aug 14, 2020
Balagov's beautifully acted second feature...
Aug 10, 2020
[A] powerful film. [Full review in Spanish]
Jul 17, 2020
A tough, accomplished film.
Jul 14, 2020
Beanpole is the type of movie that will sneak up on you with a few surprises, while telling a story that is specific yet universal.