Aside from that, she was the image of a prima ballerina. Natalie Portman plays Nina, a girl driven to the edge by her love for ballet and perfection, which Arlene says can consume dancers I never could have been.
But I never lost my love of ballet and was doing it up until my late 30s. Nina has an eating disorder; she barely eats and throws up regularly. She initially refuses to eat it and when she finally has a tiny bite you can see the distaste on her face. She has to abstain. Cruel to be kind: Vincent Cassell plays the bullying teacher who relentlessly pushes Natalie Portman's Nina, but Arlene says his forceful character is unbelievable Dancers have to watch what they eat, but anorexia and bulimia are something else.
Nina also self-harms, tearing at her shoulder blade until it is raw. Natalie's Nina self-harms and starves herself, but Arlene says modern ballet schools are vigilant about any damaging habits their pupils develop And they do use manipulation to make you suffer for a leading role. You go home and suffer. The characters in the film reveal a claustrophobic, nightmarish version of ballet And Nina has added pressure from her mother, who tries to keep her cloistered.
They were huge stars, on the front covers of the papers and snapped out on the town — proving you can be dedicated to dance and party. Although I have to say, I found the scenes not nearly as controversial as I had expected. Sure, there are lesbians in dance and musical theatre, but no more than in any other industry. But for all its exaggeration, Black Swan also contains some truths people might not guess at.
One thing that stood out was the agony ballet produces. Arlene says the envy and rivalry of ballet can leave dancers feeling sick with jealousy It shows the hard work that goes into the beauty of ballet — the constant classes, how you have to go over each movement again and again.
The perfection seen is the result of a lot of punishment. But as a drama and a story, which cleverly inverts the tale of the most famous ballet of all, it is brilliant. Share or comment on this article: Anorexia, dark sexual encounters, is ballet as brutal as film portrays it? Most watched News videos.