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The Black Swan – Film Review ballerina

herself,

fulfilled

her

becoming

but

biggest

a

swan

who

never

dream queen,

of Nina

dedicates her whole life to make mother’s dream come true. Little by little her efforts become dangerous for her own health, and yet her exacting dance instructor Thomas (played by Vincent Cassel) still claims When was the last time you saw a film

that she is only good enough to play

that left you speechless? Or a bit lost

the white swan, whereas playing the

in your own thoughts? Can’t quite

black

remember? Well, then the new box-

sensuality, seductiveness and mainly -

office chart leader Black Swan is

freedom. “Every time you dance, I see

definitely something worth watching.

you obsessed getting each and every

Natalie Portman at her best – those

move perfectly right, but I never see

are the words that describe the film

you lose yourself. Perfection is not

perfectly without even mentioning

just about control. It’s also about

anything else, however there is a lot

letting go.”

more to say about this masterpiece, directed

by

the

brilliant

Darren

Aronofsky.

Nina

swan

then

takes

tries

much

even

more

harder

to

discover her dark side, but suddenly things start going out of control. She

Black Swan is an obvious lesson of

cannot separate the reality from her

what may happen if we try too hard

dream and illusion world anymore and

and start turning our dreams into

it eventually ends with a tragedy. A

obsessions. Nina (Natalie Portman) is

perfect tragedy.

a very hard-working ballet-dancer who always pushes herself to the limits to achieve perfection. Heavily influenced by her mother, who was once a

In some way similar to Aronofsky’s previous creations, Requiem for a Dram and The Wrestler, this film


makes its audience re-estimate their dreams and the ways of reaching them. The original filming angle also makes the watching experience very special, as it feels like you are a part of the film – everything happens so close, as if it was happening just a few steps away. Some may find this psychological thriller a bit scary or even aversive, and yet it is a perfect treat for every film lover, as it is not just a great depiction of the New York’s ballet offstage and pleasure of the dance. It is also a journey into adulthood every one

of

us

takes

one

day.

And

sometimes creativity and suffering seem to become closer than anything else when it comes to growing up and achieving perfection, but maybe all it takes is, indeed, just letting go‌


Film Review - The Black Swan