The basic idea for the film started when he hired screenwriters to rework a screenplay called The Understudy, which portrayed off-Broadway actors and explored the notion of being haunted by a double. The director had also seen numerous productions of Swan Lake, and he connected the duality of the White Swan and the Black Swan to the script.
A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this movie. Positive Messages While Nina's dedication could be seen as admirable, it consumes her to the point of destruction. The message may be to find balance, that nothing is worth losing yourself -- not even what appears to be your dream come true.
Viewers may also find themselves thinking about the concept that insanity can feed good art -- but is it necessary to make good art?
Violence Characters torture themselves mentally and physically. A character purges and punishes her body with grueling workouts; she also cuts herself. When her mind starts to fall apart, she becomes delusional, sure that her skin is turning reptilian and that there are sharp objects oozing out of her wounds.
She throws objects, rips drawings, screams. The movie shows the brutal aspects of ballet, including the injuries -- especially bleeding toenails, mangled feet, and achy bones.
A woman is shown stabbing another with a shard of glass; the wound festers. A woman makes out with a bunch of men in a drugged haze.
Bare breasts are flashed. Language Fairly frequent swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "pr-ck," "d--k," "py," "ass," "oh my God," and "damn. They also pop pills.
Another woman, embittered because she has been replaced, causes a scene after getting drunk. Her pursuit is tragic, filled with self-mutilation and fear -- all of it intense material that may prove too much for younger viewers.
Expect many disturbing scenes of mental and physical anguish, some violent fights, and a character who hurts herself and purges -- perhaps in response to the pressures she puts herself under.
There's also some swearing including "f--k" and "s--t"pill-popping, and a few graphic, sexually-charged scenes including one with bare breasts and another featuring two women.
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Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.Black Swan: A Movie Review by John Lobell A female ballet dancer in a New York Lincoln Center company has for too long been passed over, but now she has been chosen for a role in a reworked Swan Lake which will require her to dance both the role of the pure White Swan, and the aggressive erotic Black Swan.
Black Swan was presented in a sneak screening at the Telluride Film Festival on September 5, It also had a Gala screening at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival later in the month.
In October , Black Swan was screened at the New Orleans Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival. Indeed, White Swan/Black Swan dynamics almost work, but the horror-movie nonsense drags everything down the rabbit hole of preposterousness.
Dec 01, · Darren Aronofsky's “Black Swan” is a full-bore melodrama, told with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd. It centers on a performance by Natalie Portman that is nothing short of heroic, and mirrors the conflict of good and evil in Tchaikovsky's ballet “Swan Lake.” It is one thing to lose yourself in your art.
Portman's ballerina loses her mind/5. A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new 87%().
When manipulative genius choreographer Thomas (Vincent Cassel) plucks Nina from the corps and gives her the role of the Black Swan in Swan Lake, Nina can almost taste triumph. But immediately, it .