Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Beanpole

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 2, 2020
Price: DVD $13.99, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

The drama Beanpole is set in post-WWII Leningrad, where two women, Iya and Masha (newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina)—who are intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners—attempt to readjust to a haunted world.

As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone—hence the film’s title—works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates.

The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.

The Blu-ray and DVD of the Russian post-war drama contain a bonus inter with director Balagov.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.