Black Swan: Frighteningly Disturbed Oscar winning Natalie Portman
That process of Nina being told to study Lily to obtain the seduction, passion and aggression unhinges Nina in a series of terrifying and depressing scenes that keep shifting between reality and Nina’s psychosis. Her previously controlled and co-dependent relationship with her mother, a typical former-ballerina-turned-stage-mom which is brilliantly portrayed by Barabara Hershey, explodes into one with aggressive fights, disobedience( Since Nina used to be an obedient daughter) and violence. The film shows Nina compulsively harming herself to become the Black Swan she is trying so desperately to perfect. She keeps pulling at extra skin near her finger nail until she tears away at her skin and bleeds. Scenes such as the one where she scratches her back until she gets the swan shaped ruptures of the black swan, thrilled the audience and kept them deeply engrossed in the movie.
The character of Nina points towards her mental disorder which on close observation can be revealed to be schizophrenia. Nina seems to develop the illness due to the comptetion she faces from her mother, her feelings of inferiority from Lily and her director’s sexual advances towards her alongside her eating disorders and anxiety. Nina’s hallucinations, constantly hearing voices point towards her psychosis which ultimately lead to her end. As the movie progresses, especially towards the end, we see Nina( basically, her hallucinations) as she slowly develops webbed feet and feathers and turns into the swan. She sheds away her sweet, good girl side to embrace her darker side in order to please her demanding, sexually aggressive director. Her hallucinations are so real that it is difficult to differ between what we are watching is her imagination or reality. The scenes were disturbing, fascinating and mysterious in a way that it was tough to interpret reality.
The movie, overall, is a beautiful yet frightening depiction of disorders like Ocd, self harm, bulimia, anorexia and schizophrenia.