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Black Swan

This movie was getting buzz from the get go for what was described as “ecstasy-induced hungry aggressive angry sex” between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.  I know enough to be weary of the “lesbian” sex scene.  That can mean anything from the couch scene in Bound to a silky curtain flowing over lady nipples (i.e The Hunger) to girls making out with tongue.  Mainstream movies say “lesbian” sex scene and they can mean straight man fantasy which in most cases falls short of anything that lesbians actually experience.

Portman and Kunis haven’t said much about the scene except “it’s not raunchy—it’s extreme” and “it’s not smut” so there’s hope there.

Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina who finally lands the lead in Swan Lake. She must play two roles; the white swan (innocent and subdued) and the black swan (foxy and sensual). She easily fits the role of the white swan but not the black.  Things get worse when Lily (Mila Kunis) shows up and appears to be a much more sensual performer and vying for her lead role.  From the trailer it looks like her anxiety turns into her paranoia turns into lesbian sex?

Whatever people…it’s Mila Kunis.  She could wear a potato sack and sit in a chair for an hour and I’d watch it.

The film was directed by Darren Aronofsky who is responsible for Pi, Requiem for A Dream, The Wrestler and The Fountain (which was greatly under exposed and, I thought, visually pleasing).   Aronofsky seems pretty good at taking anxiety from a small inconsequential place to incomprehensibly unbearable levels.  I’m sure while we’re watching we won’t know if Lily really does seem as sinister as she is or if it’s all in Nina’s head.

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  1. August 28, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Black Swan looks creepy, and actually a little scary (I mean just look at that poster), but putting Kunis in a main role is going to be bad since she still hasn’t convinced me she can live down her That 70′s Show days.

  2. The humans are dead
    September 26, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Yeah it’s rough moving out of a staple tv role especially when it was your first mainstream exposure to audience. Portman has been lucky enough to have done many different films so she isn’t as restricted in performance expectations.

    I think the film looks more anxiety-ridden than creepy but I guess we’ll find out 🙂

  1. December 1, 2010 at 10:30 PM

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