Crystal Swan

2018 [RUSSIAN]

Drama

1
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7 10 1540

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Uploaded By: FREEMAN
January 11, 2021 at 10:45 PM

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855.25 MB
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Russian 2.0
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1 hr 33 min
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1.55 GB
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Russian 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 33 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by IamROCKAS 5 / 10

Broken dreams and colourful visuals

This is the first official submission of Belarus to the Academy Awards in 22 years and... it's an interesting choice. I'm going to say right now that my feelings for this movie are neutral. I really liked the premise of a young woman, stuck in post-soviet Belarus, wanting to escape to the US and go to Chicago, the birthplace of House music, as she puts it. The soft-punk-like attitude and Slavic imagery give the movie a lot of colors and hype you up from the very beginning but the magic starts to dim down upon hitting the town of Crystal. The film gets a bit annoying there, displaying some pseudo-naivety from certain characters but by the end, there's a piercing bitterness that I happened to appreciate.

Overall, the film is not bad, but it is rather weak on many fronts. There are a lot of rough edges that make the watching experience not as smooth as it could of be. The main up-side to this movie would have to be the main character Evelina (often shortened as Velya), who often looks like the "spot the anime protagonist meme" when she's in the crown, and her determined, yet care-free, attitude is easy to follow.

Reviewed by chimie-340-361128 8 / 10

Eastern European mood in a movie that's easy to love

I was a bit afraid after reading the plot (DJ girl wants to move to US from post-soviet Belorussia at any price) that Chrystal would be a movie made for Western viewers using the Soviet setting just as an exotica, but luckily, this was mostly not the case (the Lenin statues in a disco scene being a rare exception).

The movie captures the classical mood of Eastern Europe - people longing to "the West" - in a credible way, probably because Belorussians, despite living as close to Berlin as to Moscow find it still very hard to move freely to the West (I was even a bit surprised that the officials felt comfortable enough with the movie to send it to the Academy Awards).

It is somehow part of this mood that the movie could both qualify for a tragedy and a comedy: you may smile on the odd characters and small talks but it's very hard to find any character who is not having deep troubles. The makers of the movie seem to sympathize with most of them... I think even the motives of the guy who acts badly (try to avid spoilers here, sorry) are clear to everyone... no-one is pure evil nor an angel here.

I'm curious how this movie works for audiences in the US or Western Europe... for Eastern and Central Europeans (and fans of the region) it's well recommended.

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