Hard to be an artist, hard to be a woman, hard to be an emotionally underdeveloped ballerina in a New York City company cracking under the pressure of a million outside forces all while attempting to resist the overwhelming sexual allure of her frenemy in spandex. In a dark, gritty, realistic style that borders on too-close-for-comfort, Aronofsky illustrates the re-imagining of a ballet classic, a story within a story recontextualized in a contemporary world. Princess Odette transforms into the White Swan, an innocent and fair creature who falls in love with her friendly neighborhood prince when he finds her in the woods one night. Hopeless and heartbroken, the White Swan throws herself off a cliff, and in death, finds release.
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On a literal level, the film seems to be about the transformation of an artist—in this case, a dancer—into a role. It also is, very specifically, about the physical rigor of ballet, and the lengths an artist will go to in perfecting her performance. Ballet is a physically grueling art form that seems diametrically at odds with the female body. There are several other things going on in the film, one of the most problematic being s mother love. Erica Sayers infantalizes her daughter, dominates her life, pummels her with guilt for under-appreciating her the cake scene, anyone?
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