The film really takes it's time to let you connect with Natalie Portman, empathizing with her insecurities and ambitions. The aesthetic of reflections, a contrasting yet monochromatic palette really showcases Nina's descent into madness while still being someone you hope gets what she wants. Equal to the performances is the soundtrack being a mix of Clint Mansell and Tchaikovsky, elevating every scene.
It's nice to see Aronofsky bring the darkness of some of his earlier films out again, which he utilizes here to immerse you in the subtly growing insanity of the wonderful Nina. As with THE WRESTLER, here too the final phase of the film is a great climax. The swan parallell might be obvious, but is really nice nevertheless. Finally, the film is a pleasure to the eye.
Second time I watch it and can appreciate it even more. Anxiety is the key word to this story. Anxiety in every type of its manifestation. It would be wrong to say it's about a schizo woman, cause Natalie Portman embodies a feeling not a character. She is that feeling we all experience before something big. Natalie is stunning, a glimpse is enough to get shivers. "It was perfect"
Casting Ryder as a faded former ingenue replaced by young blood who stabs herself in the face while screaming "You stole from me!" is simultaneously clever, smug and really shitty & cynical, which - for me - is the film in micro. I quite enjoyed it when it was having fun, however. If it had been a straight-up body horror film (the backwards legs! the feather under the nail!) it would have been ace. Sterling music tho
You just can't escape to the rollo-coaster that it is Nina's life and thoughts throughout ballet and the pressure she suffers to become the best of her generation... Actually, you get to the awkward and strange point when you are feeling some kind of pleasure to see the pain in her skin just like the relief she is herself experiencing. Natalie Portman's best performance ever.
A film I rewatch every year or so because it’s just so wild. I love the paranoia, the repression, and the surreal imagery. Natalie Portman plays Nina like she’s putting on a clinic, and Barbara Hershey’s low-key insanity is everything. The supporting cast is great, and the tight runtime is certainly a positive.
Une indéniable performance de Natalie Portman qui incarne avec une virtuosité vertigineuse, toute la dualité de la nature humaine, dans une réalisation parfaitement maîtrisée, somptueuse et fascinante qui impose avec force et ravissement, ce rare enchantement inhérent aux chefs-d'oeuvre du cinéma... www.cinefiches.com