Dancing with the scars
THERE haven’t been too many horror/ thrillers in the past year that warranted one viewing, let alone a repeat. But in Darren Aronofsky’s gripping psychological horror Black Swan we have one that may just find itself living in DVD players for quite some time, or at least very near them.
A terrifyingly beautiful and nightmarish tale, its central focus is perfectionist ballerina Nina Sayers ( Natalie Portman) who has just landed the lead role in her dance troupe’s recital of Swan Lake. She’s seen as ideal for the role of the White Swan, but it’s a dual role that requires her to take on the edgier Black Swan too.
Trouble is the mentally fragile Nina has been closed off to her darker side for years and accessing it to get the most out of her performance causes her to spiral downwards mentally, a breakdown brought on even faster when she starts a pseudo-friendship with new dancer and wild gal Lily ( Mila Kunis). A wonderful blend of genres with a touch of melodrama and a knock-out central performance from Portman, Black Swan grabs you psychologically and doesn’t let go.
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