Black Swan is never a low budget character piece. Then there are the name performances. All that's left is for the viewer is to watch her become increasingly unhinged. Acting at it's finest, Portman deserves an Oscar. No woman this childish and meek would ever last in an elite dance company, so it's highly improbable that the company director Vincent Cassel would single her out for the prima ballerina role. And his use of lighting is nothing short of extraordinary. Portman, Cassel, Hershey, and Rider are outstanding.
It was a thrilling time and I am looking forward to seeing just how successful this film will become and what my friends and family will say. From top to bottom, this film is at the height of what it means to be true art in cinema. Black Swan was utterly derivative of other, better movies. Adding in the element of reflection, both in others and the self mostly through mirrors , only helps compound these feelings of ambiguity and confusion. It probably best fits the psychological thriller mold, but as Aronofsky suggests through his manipulation of mirrors, it is not a film that ever casts a clear reflection. A side that will drive her to the brink of insanity to obtain. Rather gracefully, Aronofsky manages to balance the goal of Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin's script to blend Nina's tale with the story of Swan Lake itself, and never loses sight or direction at any instance.
We never really get more than hints at his true intentions, but Cassel makes every moment on-screen simply amazing. Her performance is fantastically calculatedshe provides derisive, but much needed perspective on Nina's deteriorating sense of reality. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily Kunis , who impresses Leroy as well. Despite only appearing for a few minutes, Winona Ryder is amazing in her role as the former lead ballerina Beth. The reaction of the audience was evident as the end credits came.
The lighting is brilliant, as is the staging of the dance scenes. As stated, Aronofsky captures everything beautifully in frame, his movement of the camera is almost as fluent and beautiful as the very dancers on the screen. Likewise, the whole angle of Nina's repressed sexuality leading to her breakdown was done better by Polanski in Repulsion, and that was almost 50 years ago. It is a film that navigates between being thrilling and horrific at the same time. As Nina moves in the part of the Princess, the performer shows up and puts the revile on the Princess.
Réalisateur : Darren Aronofsky Durée : 1h 43min Avec : Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel Genre : Drame, Thriller Date de sortie : 9 février 2011 Année de production : 2011 Distributeur : Twentieth Century Fox France Critiques Spectateurs : 4,2 Critiques Presse : 4,1 Bande annonce : Nom de la release : Black. Thomas reports to the organization that the principal execution of the season will be a modifying of Swan Lake. There is a constant fear that you are one mistake away from losing not only your part, but your future parts as well. Thematically, this is in keeping with most of Aronofsky's work. But now comes the true star: Natalie Portman. When so many films are often far too long and dragged out, this film maintains a sense of momentum that never gets lost at any point. Nina est prête à tout pour obtenir le rôle principal du Lac des cygnes que dirige l'ambigu Thomas.
Black Swan is never a low budget character piece. It's remarkable that the man who was able to show the sensitive, and vulnerable side of a wrestler is also able to show the brutal and hard side of a ballerina? For me, that dichotomy is what makes it so fascinating and rewarding. Mostly it's misery porn that wallows in Nina's suffering without giving the viewer a credible rationale for watching. Like its predecessor, the film examines a physically demanding and widely unappreciated art, and though thematically similar, the two complement each other via mutually exclusive cinematic vernaculars. Aronofsky is, in many ways, like Nick Cave. Nina sees Beth having a mental emergency in her private changing area, tossing things and breaking the full length reflect……. But Aronofsky likes to throw in hints of ambiguity at every turn, changing the colours for each character depending on the scene, and depending on what they may or may not be doing.
And therein lies the true theme of the film, obsession and physical strain over all else. This movie is awesome, we recommend watching it. When artistic director Thomas Leroy Cassel decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre Ryder for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica Hershey who exerts a suffocating control over her. For me, that dichotomy is what makes it so fascinating and rewarding. Its emotional experience is directly conveyed via plot and dialogue. What did I just see? It also happens to be one of the best films of the year, featuring one of the best performances of the year.
It's remarkable that the man who was able to show the sensitive, and vulnerable side of a wrestler is also able to show the brutal and hard side of a ballerina? Black Swan is an incredible film from beginning to end, and will not easily leave you. The backstabbing, the trash talking, and the two faced nature of that world is portrayed with a deft and brilliant touch. The only real shock, for me anyway, is Mila Kunis. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side — a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. If anyone is even nearly close to equaling Portman's performance, it would be her. Nina Portman is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. As she loses grip, Aronofsky's ability to depict psychological deterioration shines through.