Beanpole ★★★★★

TIFF 2019 film# 17

My sweetie Lise’s mission this year was to pick small films and find us some new directors to follow. This strategy was a tremendous success this year, as nine out of the sixteen films I saw I rated 4 stars or above … I think a record for all the TIFF’s we’ve attended over the years. I was kinda hoping that we’d love Beanpole, as the only other modern Russian director we love, Andrey Zvyagintsev, makes films that make you feel like taking a warm bath with razor blades.

I’m happy to say Beanpole was amazing, and young writer / director Kantemir Balagov is on the list of new directors to watch for.

A post WW2 drama that takes place in the ruins of Leningrad, Beanpole not only puts a spin on women's contribution to the war effort, but also studies the dependence and independence, wants and needs, and the horror of war of our pair of protagonists, and tells the story in a completely unique and compelling style.

What a wonderful finish to this year's fest. Thanks sweetie!

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