The White Crow

In Cinemas Now

The incredible true story of Rudolf Nureyev.

Ralph Fiennes directs and co-stars in this biographical drama about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's (Oleg Ivenko) defection to the West in the 1960s.

"In early 1960s Paris, the Cold War may be raging, but Soviet authorities have decided to send their finest dance troupe to the City of Light to demonstrate the cultural refinement behind the Iron Curtain. Though the Kirov Ballet is set to wow audiences, one man causes a sensation that reverberates far beyond the stage: the electrifying young dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Devastatingly handsome and culturally ravenous, Nureyev immediately falls in love with the city. Much to the annoyance of his KGB minders, he makes daily pilgrimages to the Louvre and frequents the city’s jazz bars with a Chilean heiress (Adèle Exarchopoulos), which leads to a pivotal awakening." (London Film Festival)


Directed by

Drama, True Story & Biography


Rating: M Coarse language and nudity

English, French and Russian with English subtitles

France, UK

Hollywood Reporter


The narrative bounces all over the place trying to cover too much ground when concentrating on the core drama would have far better served the desired end.

Screen International


The cluttered structure, littered with brusque little flashbacks, repeatedly interrupts the momentum and tension of the story of Nureyev's most daring leap.

Variety (USA)


A classy - and respectfully sexy - night at the movies.

Little White Lies


An explicatory exercise in dot-joining, the ultimate goal being to plot a psychological course from point A to point B.

The Guardian


An athletic, confident, undemanding film.

The Telegraph


A serious-minded, often beautiful, utterly heartfelt character study that nevertheless lacks its astonishing protagonist's fleet-footedness and only partly captures what made him tick.

The Times (UK)


If The White Crow is occasionally a little bit clumsy, its spirit is perfect.