Top positive review
12 August 2019
An intelligent, imaginative film that we were captured by from the off. On this basis, Fiennes has a great career ahead as a director (and his acting continues to entrance). It didn't try to answer all the questions about its subject, but told you just enough to hint that his defection (surely not a plot spoiler?) wasn't necessarily for the most obvious reasons. It also left us wanting to know more, which must be a sign of success. The slightly risky strategy of using Russian with subtitles added to the film in our view. We were fortunate enough to see Nureyev when he danced in Edinburgh in the early '80s and his presence was overwhelming. The best film I've seen so far in 2019.