1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

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Kantemir Balagov
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Viktoria Miroshnichenko ... Iya Sergueeva
Vasilisa Perelygina ... Masha
Andrey Bykov Andrey Bykov ... Nikolay Ivanovich
Igor Shirokov Igor Shirokov ... Sasha
Konstantin Balakirev ... Stepan
Kseniya Kutepova ... Lyubov Petrovna (as Ksenia Kutepova)
Alyona Kuchkova Alyona Kuchkova ... Stepan's Wife
Timofey Glazkov Timofey Glazkov ... Pashka
Veniamin Kac Veniamin Kac ... Sasha's Friend
Olga Dragunova Olga Dragunova ... Seamstress
Denis Kozinets Denis Kozinets ... Sasha's Father
Alisa Oleynik Alisa Oleynik ... Katya
Dmitri Belkin Dmitri Belkin ... Shepelev
Lyudmila Motornaya Lyudmila Motornaya ... Olga
Anastasiya Khmelinina Anastasiya Khmelinina ... Nurse Leonova
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1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege - one of the worst in history - is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. 26-year-old Kantemir Balagov follows TESNOTA, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, with a powerful period drama.

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Drama | War

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The film figured at Barack Obama's list of favorite movies and TV shows of 2020. See more »

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The scar on Masha's stomach disappears and re-appears during the communal shower scene. See more »

Quotes

Nikolay Ivanovich: Where would he have seen a dog? They've all been eaten.
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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Svetlana Ivanova (2020) See more »

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Far from easy viewing but great cinema nevertheless
5 November 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Russia in the days immeadiately following the end of World War II. Two young women, scarred from the horrors they have encountered, do what they can to survive in what, fundamentally, is a living hell. "Beanpole" is every bit as depressing as that short synopsis might suggest. It's also only the second feature from the young Russian director Kantemir Balagov, (he's not yet thirty), who might yet turn out to be the greatest Russian filmmaker since Tarkovsky and like Tarkovsky he certainly doesn't believe in compromising.

This is a grim but deeply humanist picture, deeply engaged with its devastated characters. Shot in rigorous close-up with an astonishing use of colour and magnificently played by Vikoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelyygina as the two women in question this is great cinema and a welcome relief from so much of the highly commercial crap that Hollywood turns out these days though being Russian and 'art-house' this will never get the audience it deserves. Nevertthelss, Russia thought enough of it to put it forward as their entry for this years Foreign (now 'International') Film Oscar. It would certainly be a very worthy winner.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

29 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beanpole See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint Petersburg, Russia See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,008, 2 February 2020

Gross USA:

$196,258

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,591,621
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1.85 : 1
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