A suspenseful ride through the dark psyche of a rising ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet. Nina becomes frighteningly perfect for her starring role as the duplicitous swan queen when rivalry with a newcomer develops into a twisted friendship.
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this is good as a discovery channel commercial: effective and previsible, with studied spontaneity and common sense logic, undaring and unsurprising, with well-worked visuals suit to illustrate the last discoveries of science. with all its merits, the concoction is more of a functional design product and less of a truly artistic experience. it must`ve been expensive.
The obvious touchstone here is the professional theme of obsession from "The Red Shoes" leading to self-immolation, but far more interesting is the controlling mother, personal division, selfishness, repressed sexuality. It is in these aspects that the fleeting shadow can only be that of Bergman, and the film's only intriguing moments are hugely in debt to his "Persona" era works. 2.5*
This is the performance of Natalie Portman's career and she received a well deserved Oscar for a performance that is on the same level as DeNiro's performance in Raging Bull. I'm not a big Aronofsky fan but I love this film. It could just be because of Natalie Portman's excellent performance and the really good lesbian scene between her and Mila Kunis.
A l'exception du virage fantastique d'un intérêt discutable, le film met le spectateur en tension. Tension sexuelle aussi avec des scènes où les 2 jeunes femmes se testent, se jaugent avant que de se sauter dessus. Aronofsky reste intelligemment dans le lesbien suggéré, bien loin des agaçantes scènes pornographiques gay trop complaisamment présentées récemment.
I watched it again a few days ago and it's gotten even better!
This is just an outstanding psychological thriller that keeps tricking you again and again so that you can totally relate to the craziness that is taking over Nina as the movie progresses. Every supporting character is interesting in some way, the special effects are used where and when they should be used, amazing cinematography and soundtrack. Perfect.
It took me a few years to watch this for a second time, mostly because I was afraid I didn't have the same psychological experience from the first one. Fortunately it was as good, if not better! Portman is incredible as the tormented Nina and the cinematography is amazing, specially the masterfully directed dance scenes - it definitely made me appreciate ballet a little bit more.
If you thought that The Red Shoes wasn't dark enough and wish Repulsion had more ballet, Darren Aronofsky has you covered. So it's a movie about the pain of perfectionism in art, but there's another, more interesting movie in here about the pain of perfectionism in womanhood. That having been said, I wish the film were more even, or that it didn't go to such pains to sacrifice subtlety for horror. 4 out of 5 stars.
the more I think about Black Swan, the more I dislike it. it is so much like a campy version of The Red Shoes with touches of Repulsion but not as masterful as either source
yes, it is at times aesthetically pleasing in regards to light and costume and such but I am surprised that a better film could not be made going off the themes of obsession, dementia, power lust, and schizophrenic habits.