Beanpole

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Synopsis

1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege - one of the worst in history - is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Cast

  • Viktoria Miroshnichenko
  • Vasilisa Perelygina
  • Andrey Bykov
  • Igor Shirokov
  • Konstantin Balakirev
  • Kseniya Kutepova
  • Alyona Kuchkova
  • Timofey Glazkov
  • Veniamin Kac
  • Olga Dragunova

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Metacritic

67
Mar 26, 2020

For all the ways the film appears to be taking a hard look at the lives therein, I walked away with the sense that I was too often given vague shapes where that hard reality ought to have been. Beanpole is effective, regardless, and at times genuinely moving, if frequently beguiling. It often works—even it believes a little too much in the power of its design and intentions to fully live up to them.

K. Austin Collins
Vanity Fair
80
May 18, 2019

It’s a demanding sit, a film both rigorous and indulgent, rewarding and aggravating.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
70
May 18, 2019

The film displays intense emotional seriousness and is finely performed and directed; but further shaping could have revealed the more focused work that’s begging to emerge.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily