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8.4
/10
2,310 Ratings

Beanpole

Дылда | Dylda

Directed by Kantemir Balagov
Russia, 2019
Drama, War
  • Russian
  • English

Synopsis

1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Our take

After the shockingly powerful Closeness, we couldn’t wait for Russian wunderkind Kantemir Balagov’s second film. Beanpole grabbed us by the throat: an entrancing immersion into post-war turmoil and a towering ode to female resilience—with tour-de-force performances and a jaw-dropping use of color.

Beanpole Directed by Kantemir Balagov
The outward trappings of Beanpole suggest that these emotional crises somehow pertain to postwar nation-building, motherhood, or the marginalization of women under a supposedly egalitarian communism. But Balagov leaves all of these threads dangling, instead resolving the film purely within the private realm.
March 23, 2020
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The story is compounded by Balagov’s imposing visual aesthetic, which was evident in Closeness but here is on a whole new level.
February 25, 2020
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Exquisitely grueling yet fiercely humane, Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole, an astounding Russian period drama, cements the artistically mature director as a prodigy of international cinema moving towards an auspicious career.
February 19, 2020
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