This is the story of Rudolf Nureyev, who was the star of the Mariinsky Ballet of St Petersburg aka as the Kirov Ballet, until his defection to the West, while on tour with the company in Paris in 1961.
A magical shamisen (a ‘three-stringed’ Japanese banjo-type instrument) enables a young Kubo to animate swirls of paper into origami and illustrate tales of legendary samurai.
The story concerns Natalya Petrovna (Vartanyan), the bored wife of a rich landowner, and her husband’s friend Rakitin (Fiennes), who has been in love with her for years, whose attentions she enjoys but will never allow the relationship to develop beyond a flirtation.
This is an intelligent film made for adults with a superb cast of brilliant actors. What more can you ask for? Well, you can ask for a well-written script with humour and seriousness combined, which you have got here and a story that has some mystery and unfolds in a fascinating way.
Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age.