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The White Crow Rated 12A

The White Crow

Dir. Ralph Fiennes. France/UK, 2018. 2h 7m. Starring Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sergei Polunin, Olivier Rabourdin.

In the early 1960s, young Rudolf Nureyev becomes the top ballet dancer in the USSR, but a life-changing visit to Paris soon turns his mind towards defection to the West. Ralph Fiennes’ nimbly directed Soviet thriller boasts a gripping screenplay by Oscar-nominated playwright David Hare (The Hours, The Reader).

‘One of the fascinations of the film, elegantly scripted by playwright David Hare, is the mixture of storytelling styles. Some scenes play as if they belong in a Cold War thriller.’ ★★★★ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

‘There are moments of greatness here - in the climax of the final act, the defection itself - where the direction is as lean and agile as any of the dancers.’ Wendy Ide, The Observer