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.
Aug 14, 2020
Balagov's beautifully acted second feature...
Mar 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.
Feb 27, 2020
They can't look away. Neither may you.
Feb 21, 2020
If you can grit through it, the film offers a rewarding - if also unnerving - look at survival in the face of tragedy.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
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 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.
Jan 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.
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.
Oct 11, 2019
Beanpole is moving, disturbing, overwhelming.
Oct 10, 2019
A gorgeous, glacial exploration of lives permanently changed by war.
Sep 12, 2019
Balagov displays the cinematic skills of an auteur at least twice his age, and both lead actresses are captivating.