Aronofsky author of titles as "Requiem for a Dream"(2000), " The Fountain" (2006) and the latest "The Wrestler" (2008) brings now a compelling story of human duality. Black Swan tells a story about a ballerina who has the chance to perform a life masterpiece of ballet,(Swan lake - Tchaikovsky), interpreting both the white and the black swan. This particular ballerina, Nina Sayers, interpreted by Natalie Portman, is consumed by perfection as she trains everyday harder for the role she must perform...though she is perfect she cannot be so brilliant as a black swan than she is as white. Here comes the duality she must outburst to her dance, to her movements, to her way of being. While she struggles inside she has an oppressing mother and a very competitive environment. She is so obsessed she becomes paranoid and fighting with her one self. This is mostly a one person movie, as Natalie performs almost every take and it's breathtaking the way all the movie is directed and how it burst into the end with our eyes fixed and amazed by all its intensity of scenes and emotions. It is mainly a movie of emotions, reflecting a lot about perfection and obsession about ones performance. Nowadays this is so common as we all are stressed to be the best we can, just like Nina. In all her innocence she start a chain of events in which she can't recognize herself, the process is raw and so appalling from her normal life, which is not normal at all, is nothing but a confined existence to one wanted success. She says she just want to be perfect, even though she can be, perfection comes always at a cost because one cannot be perfect. Quoting from the film " Perfection is not just about control. It's also about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can surprise the audience".
I very much enjoyed this film (9 in 10), it has an overwhelming effect and we should all listen very carefully to it...
Natalie is brilliant and she will win the Oscar and every award there is to win, it's just such a transformation and it's of such high intensity it's hard to ignore, she got lucky to have the part but she well keep up the task!!!
The film also has Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershley but that really doesn't matter Black swan is Natalie Portman!!!
My favourite quote:
Thomas Leroy: The only person standing in your way is you.
Indeed, we can be our best and worst friends, how much we try that's not going to change.