Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that I’d ever be afraid of a ballerina.
After seeing Black Swan I’ll be lucky if I don’t scare myself the next time I coil my hair into a chignon and look into the mirror at the same time. Eek.
Director Darren Aronofsky tells the story of Nina (brilliantly portrayed by Natalie Portman), an ambitious ballerina at a New York ballet company. She tries out for her dream role, one of the most prestigious in classic ballet: Swan Lake‘s swan queen. Not only will she then be able to portray the graceful White Swan, Princess Odette, but also her sensual dark twin, Odile.
A powerful battle begins for Nina, first against her competitors, then more and more with herself as she struggles with portraying the erotic Dark Swan. The story strongly parallels that of the opera itself, containing polar elements like lust and shy chasteness, fear and bravery, and the most classic polar couple: love and hate.
Black Swan is a roller-coaster ride with the amazing Swan Lake music, that had me hide behind cushions for the first time since watching Drag Me to Hell.
It is definitely not for the faint of heart, as Nina gradually slides more and more into her personal black abyss and left me with goose-bumps all over my body as the credits began to roll.