Beanpole ★★★★½

Beanpole is a film with a deeply sad subject matter that is presented with an air of normalcy. There is no dramatic swelling of an orchestral score that tells us when to feel angry or sad, we are simply left to live with the reality on display. A reality that is rarely showcased, especially in films of this caliber. All of this provides the movie a deep sense of realism that never gives it a hint of falseness.

The film moves along at a steady, but incredibly glacial, pace. While this could be a turn-off from some, it never was for myself. I was transfixed from first shot to last. This is due, in no small part, to the incredible acting on display. Every performance in the film is a sight to behold. In addition, the director, Kantemir Balagov, is only 28 years old, which, frankly, makes it feel a little unfair how talented he is. I sincerely hope more people get to see this film because I thought it was spectacular.

Update: Also found out that the DP is only 24!!!!! That’s like 4 years older than me. How????

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