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Black Swan (2010)

Director:
Darren Aronofsky
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Black Swan
RUNNING TIME
108 minutes
Producer:
Scott Franklin
Mike Medavoy
Arnold Messer
Brian Oliver
Screenwriter:
Mark Heyman
Andrés Heinz
John McLaughlin


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Nina Sayers Natalie Portman
Lily Mila Kunis
Thomas Leroy Vincent Cassel ˝
Erica Sayers Barbara Hershey ˝
Beth Macintyre Winona Ryder
David Benjamin Millepied
Veronica Ksenia Solo

 

Review

In Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky consolidates his position as one of the best filmmakers of our time by combining a passionate portrayal of the world of ballet, in which the beauty and sensuality of the art-form is contrasted with the competitive and unforgiving conditions in the corps de ballet, with an unyieldingly probing psychological study of the lead dancer, in Natalie Portman's ballet shoes. Aronofsky has demonstrated his ability to perceive and convey the inner demons of the human mind before (notably in Requiem for a Dream), but hardly better than he does with Nina Sayers here, using his entire stylistic spectre as a director to assist the exposed Portman in her masterful, complete descent into the characters' self-created void. The effect is undeniable; Black Swan is a riveting experience of degradation and elation - all the while soaked in an eerie mood which isn't easily dealt with. The film works Nina's and our defenses down methodically, before welcoming us warmly to the conclusion. It's a great achievement in directing by Aronofsky, who demonstrates an irresistable assuredness. Great work by Kunis, Cassel, Hershey and Ryder supporting the brilliant Portman. More than one of them are worthy of Oscar nominations.

 

Copyright © 24.1.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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