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.
“This movie tells a tough, unsparing story about war trauma, which seeps into souls and bodies and inevitably becomes—Balagov suggests—a generational bequest.” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“You quite often have to remind yourself to breathe.” — Jessica Kiang, Variety
“Beanpole is moving, disturbing, overwhelming.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Kantemir Balagov, Aleksandr Terekhov
Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov