Beanpole ★★★½

Not quite as spellbinding as what some of my mutuals have exclaimed this film to be, but I certainly appreciated what Balagov was trying to do here. The muted colors, the dreary emotional performances, and the tragic narrative backbone are all elements that worked perfectly in historical context. However, I do think the first 15 minutes should have been extended, including a few more scenes discussing more on Iya's health conditions and her relationship with her "son". The ending too, also feels undeserved and acts almost like a cop-out in a not so subtle way. Still, I wouldn't be against the idea of this film being shortlisted, let alone the film being nominated for an Oscar this coming awards season.

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