I've never been a big fan of ballet, but Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is such a wonderfully crafted film that I'm suddenly curious about Swan Lake.
The story focuses on Nina (Natalie Portman), a perfectionist ballerina whose professional and personal pressures are taking a toll on her mental state. She has a slew of psychoses that gradually presents itself in the film, from her bulimia to paranoia. As the film progresses, we see her losing herself and her mind to her new role as their ballet company's lead in Swan Lake.
The film is such a great acting vehicle for Natalie Portman, whose performance has earned her the Academy Award nomination, plus wins in the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors' Guild. Those folks know their film acting and I concur that they got it right-- Natalie Portman gave a masterpiece performance as a tortured ballerina.
Black Swan earns all its praise from Portman's brilliant performance and Aronofsky's deft directing, as the two made ballet intensely watchable from where I sat in the theater. This movie is a definite "must watch" for serious film fans.
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