BLACK SWAN

“Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it”, Salvador Dali once said. Yet, the film director Darren Aronofsky, has much approached it with the bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic “Black Swan”.

The film has nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, while Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for her incomparable, breathtaking interpretation.

Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with dance. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

BLACK SWAN

Source: the CODE (archive) | Issue 01 – February 2013