Black Swan (2010)

Late night, I tried to watch one of DVDs that I just bought. Black Swan.

I just want to be perfect…

Black Swan is a psycho-thriller movie about Nina (Natalie Portman) on her way to be a perfect dancer performing Swan Queen. When the ballet company is preparing the production of Swan Lake, an artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) has to cast new lead dancer who can play the role of innocent, grace White Swan and dark, sensual Black Swan. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly, but she is too rigid to play the Black Swan role. On that situation, Thomas impressed with Lily (Mila Kunis), a new dancer at the company. He then make Lily as Nina’s alternate.

The director of Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, brings the darkness side of dancer’s life in this movie. Pain, jealousy, and perfection.

This story at glance may look like story of two people struggling to get lead role as Swan Queen. But, with the creativity of the director, that simple theme delivered with high complexity, thrill, and horror. Black Swan is a story about fighting yourself to be the perfect one. It’s about perfection meets destructive obsession. It’s about Nina finds her true self as she tries perfectly to role Black Swan.

Maybe the story like this has often happened in the world of art, act, and dance. Sometimes, actors need to contemplate to live up the character they played. They eliminate their identity and put character they played. Totality is important but the process will be very difficult as experienced by Nina. When the pressure to perform prestigious role is really high, she displays many psychotic symptoms, delusion, and hallucination.

I found that watching this movie is very stressful. -__-

This movie is great, but I can’t stand watching broken toenails. Or watching when she started to scratching her body during stress. Or watching her obsessive-over-controlling mother cut her nails roughly. Aaaaa, that’s torturing me. :'(

I salute the ability of Aronofsky to bring a movie like this. I salute to Natalie Portman, too, who played her character very well. It’s very different to see her in this movie compared with No String Attached.

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