THE WHITE CROW is Russian slang for a person who is “unusual” and not like the others. It is a double-edged term used both for someone of exceptional ability and for an outsider who doesn’t fit in anywhere .
Screening as part of the Sydney Film Festival ,beautifully, elegantly photographed this film tells the story of the young Rudolf Nureyev from his birth on a train to his dramatic defection in Paris in 1961. It is directed by Ralph Fiennes (his third film as director) who also in the film plays Nureyev’s teacher and mentor Alexander Pushkin. Julie Kavanagh’s biography of Nureyev was adapted for the screen by David Hare. It is mostly in English but there are sequences in Russian and French with English surtitles. There are some exquisite shots of Paris. Continue reading THE WHITE CROW : A TERRIFIC FILM FOR DANCE LOVERS→
Having attended the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013 (15th to 26th May), I actually got to experience the superb Palm d’Or winner, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR.
Originally a graphic novel written by Julie Maroh, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR was adapted for the screen by Ghalia Lacroix and director Abdellatif Kechiche, and stars Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing.
This movie is a minutely detailed and searingly erotic three-hour study of first lesbian love. Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is a sensitive fifteen-year-old student as yet unaware of her sexual desires for her own gender. A blue-haired stranger arrives in her life, the confident and assertive Emma (Léa Seydoux), who will allow her to fully discover desire. Adèle soon finds herself wrapped in the arms of her new lover.