Movie Saturday: Black Swan

Natalia Portman as Nina Sayers

Black swan (IMDB) is a drama movie published 2010. It is directed by american Darren Aronofsky who is well known from his movies Requiem for a dream (2000) and The Wrestler (2008). On the main roles of Black Swan can be seen Natalia Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell and Barara Heshey.

The plot of the movie tells a story about a ballet dancer Nina Sayer (Natalia Portman) who finally gets her big role in Tšaikovskys Swan Lake where she can act the roles of both swans, the white and the black one.

Nina is kind, sensitive and conscientious and she has required dancing skills so she is like made to the part of a white swan. Still Nina has to perform as a black swan as well which requires much more work for her since it requires more passion and feeling than only technical perfection so Nina has to work hard to grow to her role as a black swan.

Black swan on the stage

Even the main story about the ballet dancer is very interesting itself, the deeper story about the growth is what makes Black Swan much more interesting movie.

Nina is a young lady who lives together with her mom. Her social life is quite limited and all the life goes around the ballet. She has no friends who would call her and with whom to spend time with and even around another ballet dancers she stays mostly outsider.

Ballet class gets a new student from another city, Lily (Mila Kunis) who is like a mirror of Nina – where Nina is sensitive and reserved is Lily a black swan who lives her life with much more passion and bravely. After some disagreements they will learn to know each other and Lily is one who is waking the Black Swan which is hidden inside the Nina and is waiting to be alive.

Lily (Mina Kunis)

Slowly Nina grows to her role as a black swan as well after she finds a courage to find those sides inside her which she has stifled. With Lily also Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassell), the man who has given the cast for her, is waking up the hidden black swan in Nina.

Interesting aspect in the movie is the relationship between the Nina and her mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) where is easy to spot mothers big impact for the destructive kind of kindness in Ninas personality. The mother is over caring and controlling person who has own unhandled personal issues which makes issues between she and her daughter. Mother lives her own unfullfilled dreams through her daughter and her daughter fullfills those dreams and in the same time forgets who she is herself.

In Black Swan mental issues are shown in interesting way as well and the viewer cannot always be sure what is happening only inside the mind of Nina and what are things that other persons share as well. Movie makes wonder connections between unhandled issues and stifled feelings and how stifling your own persona can affect life in so many ways.

Dancing practices

Gladly the story is not the only good thing in this movie since production and tehcnical side is top notch as well. Direction is made with style, camera angles has some fresh views compared to many films, casting is well done and performance of the actors is just great. Especially acting by Natalia Portman is so full of depth that it does not leave you cold. This kind of acting is what would be great to see in movies more often since you can feel the passion and personality of Nina Sayers so well via Natalia Portmans flawless performance. It is no wonder that Portman got an Oscar (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role) from this movie.

As a whole Black Swan is a breathtaking masterpiece. It is the first movie which left me totally speechless when the ending credits came. This is a perfect movie and it immediately found it’s way to my Recommendations page.

Points: 10/10 (IMDB: 8,0/10)

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