Beanpole ★★★½

Never has a moment in a film shocked me so much as that moment with Iya and Pashka. I don’t even want to think about it. 

This is a completely bleak film portraying post-war Russia from women’s perspectives, and it’s really interesting learning that their were women who fought on the front line, which I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know about. The after-effects of this conflict on both leads is absolutely devastating, and it doesn’t really get any better for either of them. That’s the reason it didn’t quite sit as well with me as it could’ve; it’s an incredibly long run time and near the end it drags on a lot only for it to end (almost) as bleakly as it began.

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