Beanpole (Dylda) Reviews

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March 3, 2020
The story is compounded by Balagov's imposing visual aesthetic, which was evident in Closeness but here is on a whole new level.
February 27, 2020
They can't look away. Neither may you.
February 21, 2020
If you can grit through it, the film offers a rewarding - if also unnerving - look at survival in the face of tragedy.
February 19, 2020
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.
February 15, 2020
There are a lot of powerful scenes. It does end up being a little bit monotone... A little lightness would not have destroyed what was going on in this film.
February 14, 2020
Will they ever know this kind of brightness and cheer again, or are their clothes and peeling wallpaper expressing emotions that they cannot? Balagov doesn't say, but in spite of it all he leaves you with a shred of hope.
February 13, 2020
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.
February 4, 2020
It's a melodrama about life after wartime, a dual character study and sometimes veers very close to being a bleak, caustic buddy comedy.
Top Critic
January 30, 2020
As difficult as Beanpole can be to watch, it quietly accumulates kindnesses alongside the crueler twists of fate, and hopes that warmth is more sustaining.
January 29, 2020
Not only is Beanpole one of the first essential cinematic works released in theaters this year, it is also among the most involving character studies in recent memory.
January 28, 2020
This movie tells a tough, unsparing story about war trauma, which seeps into souls and bodies and inevitably becomes - Balagov suggests - a generational bequest.
January 28, 2020
The film's bleak finale underlines this larger political point, but smartly does so in the service of character development rather than pure pedagogy.
January 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.
October 11, 2019
Beanpole is moving, disturbing, overwhelming.
October 10, 2019
A gorgeous, glacial exploration of lives permanently changed by war.
September 12, 2019
Balagov displays the cinematic skills of an auteur at least twice his age, and both lead actresses are captivating.
Top Critic
May 18, 2019
Balagov doesn't see his characters just as victims. He's as interested in their pathologies as he is in their dire circumstances.
May 18, 2019
You quite often have to remind yourself to breathe.
May 17, 2019
"Beanpole" confirms him [Balagov] as a major talent.
May 17, 2019
Extraordinary performances and "Roma"-level production design elevate a brutal yet tender story of two women in post-war Leningrad.
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