This film is directed by Ralph Fiennes and it stars Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Sergei Polunin, Adele Exarchopoulos, Chulpan Khamatova and Ravshana Kurkova.
This film follows the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and his journey in becoming one of the most accomplished dancers. He soon finds himself in France and is forced to seek asylum as he encounters some transformative experiences.
I went into this film completely ignorant about who this ballet dancer was and since the trailer intrigued my interest here I am writing a review. If you’ve read my reviews before you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of flashback storytelling; however, this one time I didn’t mind it much. This film is visually gorgeous with stunning cinematography. Many times I found myself in awed while watching this movie. While the character was seeing (for the first time) many important and famous sites I too shared the same reaction as the character. The scenes in this film are well balanced. The choreography in this movie is beautiful. I certainly have a new respect for ballet. It amazes me how these dancers make ballet look easy. It has great acting and I was intrigued by the story. I wasn’t aware of who this dancer was and therefore I was a bit shocked that this film didn’t shy away of portraying this character the who he truly was. I feel that the movie mainly talked about the greatness of the dancer instead of showing us. Sadly there were times when I was confused as the editing was a bit off and awkward. Overall I liked this film but didn’t love it. I do believe that anyone who is a fan of ballet would enjoy this movie.
I give this film 7 out of 10