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Saturday, 15 October 2016

BLACK SWAN [2010]

Director Darren Aronofsky crafts one of his most unsettling cinematic works with the intimately terrifying psychological horror Black Swan.
Nina is a dancer fully committed to her art, so when she wins the coveted lead role in the newest New York Ballet company's production of Swan Lake, her sanity begins to unravel as her dedication strengthens.
Natalie Portman is at her absolute best here, holding the icy heart of the film with a fearsome blend of fragility and maddening obsession.  While it's up to Aronofsky to capture the claustrophobic world with a cold gray eye that ignores the background and leaves most of it's focus on Portman's self-obsessed reflections of herself.  Like a rich dialogue filled ballet all it's own, Black Swan quite often defies logic in a way that would only make sense in a theatrical production and that's where it finds it's most compelling moments.  

4 shattered mirrors out of 5

1 comment:

budarc said...

5 pirouettes out of 5.