January 28th, 2011
Natalie Portman is unmissable as Nina Sayers, the good girl ballerina who is forced to explore her darker side in order to play the coveted lead role as both the virginal white and the evil black swan. The plot elicits desire, rivalry and paranoia and gives an insight (although with a Hollywood spin) into just how dedicated ballet dancers are when at the top of their game. Portman herself trained for a whole year to achieve the moves and the slight frame of a ballet dancer. To an untrained eye it would be difficult to tell her apart from a dancer that had been training all of their life. Although now heavily pregnant we’re sure she’s happy to leave the pliés and pirouettes to the experts!
Maybe not quite as extreme as the troubled ballerina, but we think that all women have a naughty side and maybe a few other sides too, good and bad. You might have a fun side, a quiet side, a girlie side and a side that just appears from no-where when the handle to the kitchen cupboard door falls off and you simply dig out the screw driver and slap it right back on again. And that’s one of the great things about being a woman we can be strong, caring and sexy all at the same time. So why not explore the different sides to your persona, what will you be this weekend, girlie, fun, glamorous, naughty, flirty or elegant? Just don’t go making friends with any highly strung ballet instructors or mean girls who pretend to be your friend!