The White Crow

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  127 min.
Release Date: May 10, 2019 - Toronto, Vancouver

Current rating: Rating: 4.67
based on 18 votes and 7 reviews
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Cast: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sergei Polunin, Olivier Rabourdin, Raphaël Personnaz, Chulpan Khamatova


Despite being raised in poverty, when Rudolf Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) began training for the ballet at 17 following WWII, it immediately became clear that he had immense talent. Ballet master Alexander Pushkin (Ralph Fiennes, who also directs) believes in Rudolf's talent so much that he allows the boy to live with him and his wife, Xenia (Chulpan Khamatova). Rudolf soon becomes famous throughout the Soviet Union.

When the renowned Kirov Ballet travels to Paris on a tour in 1961, it's Rudolf's first time outside the Soviet Union and he drinks in the city's culture. He's followed everywhere by KGB agents, who have been assigned to make sure the dancers don't try to defect. Rudolf ignores them, as well as his curfews, and makes friends with Parisian socialites such as Clara Saint (Adèle Exarchopoulos).

Rudolf comes to love the taste of freedom so much that he decides to take a chance and make a break for it, despite the intense KGB scrutiny.

Inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life, by Julie Kavanaugh.

Director: Ralph Fiennes
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Gabrielle Tana, Carolyn Marks Blackwood
Screenplay: David Hare
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  • 5 stars "Excellent and true."
  • 4 stars "A little slow but I love ballet so it didn’t bother me. Surprisingly my husband, who doesn’t care for dance, also liked it. It is meticulously directed and photographed with a lot of background into the forces that framed Nureyev’s character. As people have mentioned, the last 20 are very taut. Well worth seeing."
  • 5 stars "I loved the this film - I grew up knowing about him -he was a great dancer with a sad life growing up He achieved sooo much"