Befriending the Black Swan

Sometimes it amazes me how seemingly unrelated things coincide so perfectly. Take for example my yoga practice and how it mirrors certain life events that I go through. Even the poses that I struggle with or fall in love with for that matter are polar opposites.

Tonight I felt my breath get caught in my throat again at one of these synchronous realizations. I was watching the film Black Swan.

The Black Swan offers viewers a psychological twist to the old classic, Swan Lake. In the film, a flailing ballet company aims to recapture its audience by introducing a new star to the company as their prima ballerina Beth, played by Winona Ryder, retires. The stunningly beautiful but demure Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman, is chosen to play the role of the Swan Queen in the company’s opening production. She is presented with the task of playing both the polar opposite roles of the White and the Black Swans with precision.

As Nina works on the role she finds herself face to face with her dark side, something she must befriend in order to let go and find her place on the dance stage.

See….so many of my latest posts on this blog has been about that….making space for the dark side, taking time out to be in the uncomfortable and the quiet and the not-so-good necessary pains that come my way. Then this film comes along. I think it was just last night, in fact, when I said I have to learn how to befriend certain feelings that come my way and so this movie came at yet another apt time.

The film was quite interesting and captivating, I must say. However, I particularly did not like the style of cinematography as it was quite “shaky”. The twists and turns in the story, and a few of the very vivid scenes, definitely left me at the edge of my seat.

The filmhas earned major nominations in the Golden Globes Awards including Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Actress (Natalie Portman) and Best Supporting Actress (Mila Kunis) and is set to grace Philippine theaters on February 23, 2011. Audiences can also catch the two-day sneak preview of the film on Feb. 14 and 15 in Metro Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Baguio, Pampanga, Cagayan, Angeles, Davao, Iloilo and Bacolod theaters.

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