Directors: Ralph Fiennes
Writers: David Hare
Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann
Ralph Fiennes returns to the director’s chair for the third time after 2011’s Coriolanus and 2013’s The Invisible Woman for this riveting account of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West, written for the screen by David Hare and inspired by the biography by Julie Kavanagh.
Beginning with his birth on a Siberian train in 1938, the film revisits Nureyev’s early impetuous days and his tutelage under ballet master Alexander Pushkin (Fiennes), all building towards the fateful day of his defection in Paris 1961.
Newcomer Oleg Ivenko (himself a prominent Russian dancer) captures the intensity, skill, and single-mindedness of the charismatic Nureyev; reflecting how a lifetime of rebellion and ambition influenced his radical decision.
Fiennes gives a hypnotic performance as Nureyev's favourite teacher, Alexander Pushkin. London Evening Standard
Roses and raptures, please, for Ivenko, who is not only as beautiful as Nureyev, and dances sublimely, he can act, besides. The Scottish Herald
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. Observer
Certificate rating 12A
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