Beanpole ★★★★

There have been post-war trauma movies in the past but none of them really managed to show it from the perspective of women with such immersive skills. Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” recounts the life of two women on the edge of their survival instinct – fighting with their wits, their tragic livelihood and with each other.

It is a mature and devastating look at how war completely changes people. On one hand, we have a notably tall woman who literally loses her voice after being inflicted by triggers that make her freeze. On the other, we have her best friend who had left everything in her life to take revenge – only to find her wanting everything back. It is a tragedy that piles up one bleak situation after the other, but is in fact, about the desperation of having a life that feels one’s own.

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