Beanpole

critic Reviews

91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score91%
  • Filmed with impressive skill and brought to life by unforgettable performances, Beanpole takes a heartbreakingly empathetic look at lives shattered by war.
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    Kathleen SachsChicago Reader
    The story is compounded by Balagov's imposing visual aesthetic, which was evident in Closeness but here is on a whole new level.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    They can't look away. Neither may you.
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    Hau ChuWashington Post
    If you can grit through it, the film offers a rewarding - if also unnerving - look at survival in the face of tragedy.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    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.
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    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    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.
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    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    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.
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    Ken EisnerGeorgia Straight
    The movie's fluid camerawork, set detail, and deeply saturated greens and shocking reds help mitigate the gloom. And the acting is top-notch, especially considering that most of the players are non-professionals.
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    Edwin ArnaudinAsheville Movies
    A remarkably mature and accomplished film from 28-year-old director/co-writer Kantemir Balagov.
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    Lisa TrifoneThird Coast Review
    It's a daunting, harrowing film that challenges an audience to trust its creators to send us on a journey worth experiencing
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    Rene SanchezCine Sin Fronteras
    A captivating story about a nation struggling to find its identity in the aftermath of war, and the women who helped rebuild it. [Full Review in Spanish]
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