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“Black Swan” Almost Made Me Hyperventilate – Review (sorta)

Bloody gorgeous...

My husband and I saw Black Swan last night, and I loved it so much, so bad, so hard–that I can’t even really talk about it.   My chest is still heaving.  Seriously.  I can’t talk about it…but I’ll drop some hints.

Hallucinatory realism.   Controlled insanity.  Refined self-destruction.  Voracious purging.  Raging uncertainty.  Jealous generosity.  Damaged perfection.

Black.  White.  Blood.

“Black Swan” International Posters and Official Trailer – Starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis

Are you guys excited about the release of this film? Clearly, I am–and I’m not a big fan of The Portman. (I know, I’ve written about my love of Swan Lake and interest in this movie, directed by Darren Aronofsky.  I’ve even read the final script.  I KNOW, right?)

Anyway…these posters are different, aren’t they?  Almost art-deco crossed with propaganda posters from WW II.  So far, they are hoping for a December 1st U.S. release date.  Can’t. Wait.

“The Black Swan” Trailer – Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis KISS (Video and Photos)

"It's not smut", say Mila Kunis of her kiss with Natalie Portman in "The Black Swan"
Natalie Portman as Nina...

Now that I’ve got your attention…This film looks fantastic.  Here’s a quick synopsis via ONTD:

“A New York City ballet company is producing Swan Lake, and director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) with ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman). Nina lives with Erica (Barbara Hershey), her overbearing mother and a former ballerina.

Nina finds competition in new dancer Lily (Mila Kunis). Swan Lake requires a ballerina who can play the innocent White Swan, which fits Nina, and the sensual Black Swan, which fits Lily. The dancers’ rivalry changes into a bizarre friendship, and Nina begins exploring a dark side of herself.”

What. The. HELL was going on at the very end of this trailer?? I didn’t realize there was a horror element to Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film. It actually seems cool.   I’m troubled though, by prospect the actual dancing — whether it’s implied by professional dancers to be the lead actresses, or if Portman and Kunis will attempt the near-impossible feat of convincing the audience that they are indeed ballerinas.  Swan Lake is my favorite ballet.  I’ve been fortunate enough to seen the Bolshoi Ballet perform this masterpiece and was nearly brought to tears.  (Yeah, yeah…I know.  Name dropper!)

Svetlana Zakharova, as Odette in the Bolshoi's "Swan Lake"

Aside from this one possible distraction, I’m still looking very forward to seeing what Aronofsky brings to the table with The Black Swan.

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