The exquisite Natalie Portman did it again in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan: a superb performance in an intriguing movie. Her character was supposed to portray both the dark and the light side of swanness, bu the dancer she played was slowly overtaken by the dark side. I enjoyed the movie despite that the lessons learned were a bit too obvious for me. They include:
- You have to embrace your dark side, in order to become all you can be.
- There is a price to be paid for it.
- Perfection is a fleeting illusion.
- The importance of having not too overbearing parents.
- The effects of growing up under parental guilt trips are detrimental.
- The world of dancing is a cut/gut throat one.
- Not being able letting go is hard. Letting go can be harder.
Forget about the lessons, you will not be able to take your eyes off the screen. Unless yo are squeamish: there are a few surprisingly creepy, horroristic visuals.
IMDB’s summary: A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like the evil twin sister of the White Swan, the Black Swan.