Apr 23, 2020
What results is a consistently unsteady, heated-but-hazy emotional air, and a film that's a bit bullish in its running time and scenework - especially considering its structure.
Feb 3, 2020
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.
Jan 29, 2020
It's not a bad movie but it's one that's really hard to watch.
Jan 29, 2020
The movie ... definitely wants [the characters] to hurt ... It sometimes seems to go out of its way to ensure that they do.
Jan 27, 2020
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.
Jan 24, 2020
Balagov, in thrall to the debased visual motifs of depicting agony, ends up banalizing the women and the era he wishes to honor.
Dec 9, 2019
There is no point obviously in trying to like Beanpole, it doesn't have a sticker attached that says 'like me,' you will either get its uncompromising delving into deep hurt or you won't.
Nov 22, 2019
Balagov has many of the makings of a very fine director, drawing affecting, lively performances from his lead actresses, and a number of well-realized scenes that exhibit a distinct point of view.