Black Swan is no ugly duckling
By Vipasha Shaikh
TORONTO, Canada – The premise of Black Swan is to be expected – that is, it’s to be expected from a director like Darren Aronofsky, who made films like The Wrestler, Pi and Requiem for a Dream.
All these movies deal with characters who are paranoid, emotionally disturbed, hallucinogenic or suffering from depression or heartbreak.
Arnofsky looks at how these traits come about in a person, whether he or she is addicted to drugs, or has a career that is physically and mentally demanding, like say, wrestling.
In Black Swan, Arnofsky turns our attention to the ballet world and introduces us to the character of Nina Sayers, the newly crowned “Swan Queen,” for an unnamed ballet company’s newest production of Swan Lake.
Swan Lake is a world-heralded ballet production – a story about a girl who morphs into a white swan and chases after a prince who she thinks loves her.
However, just as she makes a move, her evil twin, the Black Swan, comes in and snatches her prince away.
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