This movie is an incredible political drama with powerful statements about artistic freedom, democracy, redemption, and friendship. It comments on racism and injustice in America as well as manipulation and authoritarianism in the Soviet Union. The choreography and the dance performances are inspiring and add to the storyline. It is a sophisticated film and for audiences unfamiliar with a lot of the history, it may not feel as powerful. The movie pays homage to Porgy and Bess, Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme Et Le Mort and name drops dancers like George Balanchine (who defected from the USSR and started the New York City Ballet) and many other famous dancers. These references are detailed, complex, and are used to deepen the plot of the film.