Julian’s review published on Letterboxd:
2020 Best International Film Submissions 11/32
Beanpole is a tale about guilt, friendship and loss, that takes place very recently after the second world war. It's a very unique and complex story two very three-dimensional and very well-written main characters. It's certainly not for the faint of heart, because while it may be quite slow paced and may not feature gruesome imagery, the feelings you get from this can be quite intense, as beanpole is an extremely bleak experience.
While having striking similarities to other very great European films, like Breaking the Waves and 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, it never loses its uniqueness.
This film is full of realism. Certain scenes are quite long, play out in real-time, while not that much happens, which surely is not for everyone. To the ones that enjoy slow and contemplative cinema, just like me, I expect this to be nothing but a painful delight.
However, I feel like the danger that lies in this film and the way it's perceived by the audience is that the first 25 minutes are nothing but perfection. In fact, it's so good that it's hardly possible to top. The rest of the film is still extremely magnificent, but it never gets on that same intensely powerful level, which may get a little frustrating to some at times. It didn't bother me at all though. I really really really love Beanpole.
Phenomenal on a technical level, with very solid directing, some of the best cinematography of the year.. truly outstanding!, beautiful colors, very fine sound design and beautifully consistent production and costume design.
Both Vasilia Perelygina and Viktoria Miroshnichenko are glorious and give some very impressive performances that are both also among my favorites of the year.