Beanpole ★★★★½

A new addition to the annals of great hopeless cinema, a stark portrait of lives destroyed by a war that wreaked endless havoc, leaving only tattered lives hanging by a thread behind. Contains two of the most unbearable scenes to watch I've seen in a long time, which only adds to the incessantly bleak miasma that hangs over everything and everyone. It truly is a technical masterpiece from the Hu Bo (RIP) esque camerawork to the unbelievable sets that transport you into the time period like few films truly can. I would not necessarily highly recommend considering its incredibly slow pace and the fact that essentially nothing good happens, but I cannot help but acknowledge what a brilliant film it is.

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