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.
Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret - not suspecting that ... See full summary »
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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.
This film is NOT for most viewers and you should think twice about it before you watch.
I saw "Beanpole" at the Philadelphia Film Festival...or at least I saw MOST of this film. I say most because after a while, I simply left the theater....the awfulness of the story was simply overwhelming and film festivals usually feature too many such films....films artsy folks love but which the average person would hate.
What was so tough to watch in the movie? Well, you get to see a woman suffering from PTSD accidentally suffocate a small child, vomiting, euthanasia and a rape in which a man and woman are forced to have sex by a third person. The bottom line is that I was feeling very depressed and decided I needed a break...as did my daughter who left the film even earlier than I did.
For the artsy folks....and no one else.
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