Beanpole ★★★★

I've been hearing a lot about Beanpole since it's premiere at Cannes last year. It's been impossible to find in theaters or streaming anywhere but luckily I was able to catch this before it's January 29th wide release. This is gorgeously shot with striking cinematography and an Amélie-like color palette. It might be hard to beat this for the best looking movie of the year. Narratively however the film suffers a bit from a sluggish pace and an overall depressing story that makes it hard to root for and empathize with it's characters. Everyone seems to suffer here and it all seems so dismal and unforgiving. Which might be fitting with it's post-WWII-Russia setup, but it still makes this kind of a hard watch. Worth a watch for sure.