Sunday, December 19, 2010

Black Swan.

I spent the last few hours cozy and unblinking at Garneau Theatre taking in the intense and overwhelming Black Swan. - the rave reviews are more than deserved. 

Natalie Portman is always convincing in the damaged beauty roles she's so often cast in - and it's no different in Black Swan.  She plays a perfection-seeking ballerina always under a tearful veil, even at what should be her happiest moments. An interview with Portman I read last week described her TWO YEARS of training for the film. She performs all her own intricately choreographed dance scenes and is incredibly convincing as a determined and pressured dancer who lives and breathes her craft. 

To sum up -  it's dark, it's beautiful, it's a nightmare and a dream. Frantic, momentum-driven editing keeps your eyes wide and unblinking. It's dark and light, evil and innocent. A perfect cinematic case study for visual subtleties that cautiously hint to the audience. 

Perhaps the best film I've seen this year. 


  1. I'm so glad you liked it! I loved it as well! The acting, cinematography, the music...everything was so so brilliant!
    Tamera xo

  2. I can't wait to see this.


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