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The Black Swan – Film Review herself, but who never fulfilled her biggest dream of becoming a swan queen, Nina dedicates her whole life to make this dream come true. Her efforts even become dangerous for her own health, and yet her exacting

dance

instructor

Thomas

(played by Vincent Cassel) still claims that she is only good enough to play When was the last time you saw a film

the white swan, whereas playing the

that left you speechless? Or a bit lost

black

in your own thoughts? Can’t quite

sensuality, seductiveness and mainly -

remember? Well, then the new box-

freedom. “Every time you dance, I see

office chart leader Black Swan is

you obsessed getting each and every

definitely something worth watching.

move perfectly right, but I never see

Natalie Portman at her best – those

you lose yourself. Perfection is not

are the words that describe the film

just about control. It’s also about

best

letting go.”

without

mentioning

anything

else, however there is a lot 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 then things start going out of control. She cannot

Black Swan is an obvious lesson of

separate the reality from her dream

what may happen if we try too hard

and illusion world anymore and it

turning our dreams into obsessions.

eventually ends with a tragedy. A

Nina (Natalie Portman) is a very hard-

perfect tragedy.

working

ballet-dancer

who

always

pushes herself to the limits to achieve perfection. Heavily influenced by her mother, who was once a ballerina

In some way similar to Aronofsky’s previous works 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…


The Black Swan