Beanpole ★★★½

Not sure if I really liked this or not. I feel like Iya is such a distant character which makes it hard to get in to her head and understand her feelings. While Masha has the standout scene at the dinner table, and makes me feel like this should have been her movie from the get go. The framing of how women had to survive through battle on the Russian fronts and after returning home is fascinating. And the tolls the war took mentally, physically and emotionally that would make these two broken people endlessly cling to each other. I just kind of wish I connected to the character of Iya more.