Beanpole ★★★½

BEANPOLE eventually broke me under the slow crushing weight of its emotion, anguish, repression & desperation. I wish it moved at a better pace, one where you don’t have to wait 5 seconds before everyone makes a reply. A brave film nonetheless from 28 year old Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov with subtextual LGBTQ themes, gorgeously saturated colors & two remarkable performances from Viktoriya Miroshnichenko & Vasilisa Perelygina.