Black Swan: taking the Innocence out of Ballet



Black Swan

Black Swan

The highly anticipated, and much talked Psychological thriller Black Swan, will change the way you look at ballet forever.

When Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman, wins the lead in “Swan Lake” she seems perfect for the role, until she slowly begins to lose her mind as she evolves into Odile the black swan, the daughter of an evil musician.

Nina is part of a New York Ballerina company and her life revolves around her profession – dancing. Nina lives with her over controlling mother, who too used to be a ballerina dancer. Can you see where this is going?

When artistic director Casel (Thomas Leroy), is looking for his lead role in the New York City modern ballet take on Swan Lake, Nina is his number one choice.

However, Nina has competition in the shape of new dancer; Lily (Kunis), who Leroy also takes a shine to.

In the New York take on Swan Lake, the swan queen must play both black and white, representing both good and evil.

While Nina attempts to perfect the role and outshine Lily, she goes from hovering on the border on sanity to becoming fully tormented by the role. Nina is perfect for the white swan role, but her problem is that Lily is the personification of the black swan.

The intense rivalry between the two sees them develop a twisted friendship, where Nina finds herself getting more and more in touch with her dark side, and in doing so begins to self destruct.

The black swan brings Nina into her lonely world, involving her overbearing and controlling mother, a dance company that makes her miserable, and a perverted teacher.

The movie provides an in depth look at the cut throat business that is ballet. The mixture of brutality and beauty come together throughout the movie, making you look at ballet in a whole new light.

The movie is in every sense a thriller that ballet fans will not forget for a long time. For everybody else, you will be surprised just how much you learn from this movie.

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