Dancing with the scars

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

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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