Beanpole ★★

Beanpole could entirely fall into the deadly pitfall of contemporary Eastern European miserabilist arthouse films but fortunately, Balagov's approach still sparks some touches of fragility and tenderness throughout the bleak and grim atmosphere of the film.

I am very doubtful that in future Balagov can totally skip the stereotypes which still gruel and suffocate his film every now and then, but I hope he can!