Darren Aronofsky is a master of the weird. Every movie in his library takes places in some weird universe or does something conceptually bizarre to the mind. The latter is the case in Black Swan. This film takes a character who is so repressed and bound for perfection that she cannot see that her own demise is going to be self-inflicted. Setting a psychological thriller to the world of ballet may not seem appropriate at first, but the pressure mounted on the dancers is so immense that this could easily be a true story. Aronofsky’s exposé of the world of dance is reminiscent of The Red Shoes which casts an equally dark shadow on the stress to be a figure of perfection at all times.
Dark and compelling this one deserves a couple watches just to understand it.
My respect and admiration for ballerinas only increases the score for this one…
4 out of 5