Crystal Swan Reviews

May 23, 2020
What happens ... is a perfect metaphor for what was happening in all such places and countries at that time, much of which has led to the world we live in today.
May 20, 2020
Throughout the film, it's as if mundane objects hold the remedies for the wretchedness of everyday life.
March 26, 2019
Crystal Swan feels like a poison-tipped letter from the filmmaker to her home country that is also an engrossing work of social criticism.
February 9, 2019
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.
February 1, 2019
The film is smart and steeped in decades of Belarusian history, and yet it features relatable characters who just want to live their lives.
October 18, 2018
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.
October 3, 2018
Alina Nasibullina is charismatic as Velya.
August 6, 2018
If something stands out above all it's the excellent performance of Alina Nasibullina, an actress with a lot of presence that dominates the screen at all times. [Full review in Spanish]
July 13, 2018
[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.
July 8, 2018
The style is effervescent and the dialogue has a screwball zip, but the mood itself is rather melancholy.
July 6, 2018
This tale of a DJ's fate is definitely worthy of a spin.
Top Critic
July 6, 2018
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.
July 6, 2018
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.