Winner of Best Director, Cannes Un Certain Regard. In the aftermath of World War II in Leningrad, a young nurse struggles with uncontrollable temporary paralysis, a remnant of unnamed war trauma. Soldiers begin to return from the front, and though the war has ended, it still has more cards to play.
“A gorgeous, glacial exploration of lives permanently changed by war.” – Kambole Campbell, Little White Lies
“Every so often in war movies, a woman is dropped into the story to express some vague idea about home and nation. There is no such figure in BEANPOLE… 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, The New York Times