Black Swan

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.

“Cécile” the 2nd

After talking to my professor I decided to give Cécile a 2nd chance. I realised that all she wanted was to break free from her past and her reputation as a sovereign’s mistress. She wanted to live a respectable life and she wanted to be acknowledged as a woman of honor. After her “friend” found out about her past he considered her as fair game and treated her like a whore, though she wasn’t the person she used to be. I think that broke her heart and made her realise, that in this time there simply was no place for her. The old sovereign’s  family loved and respected her, though she was a mistress. But that era had passed. The new society didn’t respect her once they knew about her past. All her life she lived dependent on others, mostly men, and she had acquired no skills to help her live an independent life. I guess she knew that she would never find her place and, as a logical consequence, she left.