Whiplash with ballet! And more unnerving! Most uncomfortable watch in a long time, made me feel rather ill throughout. Still recommended viewing. Love Aronofsky, both this and mother! are tangential relatives or distant adaptations of famous texts or narratives, developing thick layers of psychodrama over top. Portman sweeps you away with a shrinking violet performance while teetering on (and gradually plummeting over) the edge of a total psychotic break. Truly devastating cinema, but absolutely required viewing for anyone who likes film.
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I LOVE THIS FILM but GOOGLE DIDN'T MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR ME -stole my money, sold me SD even though I wanted HD, then now that I had SD up couldn't even watch the SD version
This is one of the most hauntingly beautiful films I've ever seen. Apart from being completely brilliant, it features three of my all time favourite things...swans, classical ballet...and the music of Tchaikovsky.