Beanpole ★★½

The way Masha smiles through all her adversity, the way the bleak interiors contrast her performance, it all adds an uncertainty and layering to this dark and disturbing drama. On paper the story sounds completely berserk, but each shot is extended a little longer than you’d expect, each line spoken with such a subtext that it all feels dangerously believable. The theme that stuck with me the most was how events and struggles of our ancestors in general reflect on the next generations, how we all carry such powerful stories, and much of them are lost and forgotten.

This is one of those experiences where each frame is directed with a purpose but the film doesn’t end up being more than just the sum of its frames. And Its not even that i don’t like slow films or i find them hard to engage with, but there’s a specific style of capturing those moments and the progression that follows that appeals to me in a way i’ll fail to put into words, but its always working beneath the surface, and Beanpole just didn’t appeal to those deep rooted subconscious elements. Is Beanpole worth a watch, yes, did i love it, no, but it sure was interesting and i’d love to check out what the guy does next.

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