Crystal Swan (2018)

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Before a young DJ can emigrate from post-Soviet Union Belarus with forged documents, she must endure a week-long sojourn in a dystopian, disintegrating village.

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[Crystal Swan] is so effective at capturing the hopefulness of someone who's seized by the promise of a better life, and the desperation she feels when that promise starts to slip through her fingers.

Jul 13, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Crystal Swan is a largely conventional fish-out-of-water story at heart. But it is elevated above the routine by its excellent cast, especially Nassibulina, and plenty of visual flair.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

While some nuances may go over the heads of international audiences, its core social and economic frustrations are universal ones, driven by Velya's fundamentally sympathetic wanderlust.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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Crystal Swan is about the murky foundation that the American Dream is built on, the impossibility of its promises, but the persistence it instills on those who are willing to fight for it, even in the most unfortunate circumstances.

Feb 9, 2019 | Full Review…

The film is smart and steeped in decades of Belarusian history, and yet it features relatable characters who just want to live their lives.

Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Throw in some smart choices among the rocky road from Zhuk and as the credits roll you'll find yourself wondering just what these talented ladies will do next.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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