Black Swan

I have been waiting in anticipation for the release of the psychological thriller Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky (of The Wrestler and Pi). Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a ballerina from New York. Nina encompasses all the fragility and body obsession involved in a career in dance. Her tunnel vision reality is focused solely on becoming noticed. Vincent Cassel is the director of the production. His character in Black swan is far cry from his role as Jacques Mesrine, one of the most notorious gangsters in French history. After awarding Portman the lead role of Swan Queen in his production he pushes her to the point of perfection, losing her control of reality. She is everything the White Swan symbolizes - so perfect, controlled and withdrawn. Lily ( girl from the seventies show) is all that Portman is not, free, dangerous and open. Together the world of dance becomes twisted with Portman’s dark reality until eventually hallucinations take over her character. The visual power of Black Swan is perfection. The layers of dance and madness mixed with the sadness and beauty of Portman make this a web of theatrical brilliance.

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