Friday, June 3, 2016

Black Swan (2010)

Academy Awards, USA 2011

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Mike Medavoy
Brian Oliver
Scott Franklin
Best Achievement in Directing
Darren Aronofsky
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Matthew Libatique
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Andrew Weisblum

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Fox)

A committed ballerina is chosen for the lead part in her company's next production, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. At first she is overjoyed that all of hard work has payed off, but rivalries with other ballerinas, unwanted advances from the play's director and her overprotective mother's meddling send her into a spiraling nervous breakdown. Director Aronofsky's considerable talents are wasted on what is essentially a lurid teenage melodrama, complete with lesbian sex, female masturbation and an unconvincing CGI transformation into a swan. Unintentionally hilarious at times.

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