‘Beanpole’ Film Review: Dark Russian Drama Delves Into Postwar Purgatory

‘Beanpole’ Film Review: Dark Russian Drama Delves Into Postwar Purgatory
An immaculately color-coded, visually resplendent serving of European art-house severity, “Beanpole” brings its sharp performances and even sharper production design to a landscape wholly untouched by humor. Which is, in itself, a kind of irony, as the Cannes prizewinner sketches out a central premise that plays as a vicious cosmic joke.

Set in Leningrad (present day Saint Petersburg) in the aftermath of that city’s years-long siege during the Second World War, the film focuses on characters who survived the worst hardships imaginable and made it out the gates of hell — only to find that on the other side lay purgatory, and the experience there wasn’t much better.

With his second film, 27-year-old Kantemir Balagov, who won the directing prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar on Friday, spotlights the toxic friendship of two army nurses of ages that roughly correspond to his own, but with life experiences that couldn’t be more different.
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