MY WEEK IN MOVIES: BLACK SWAN AND TSOTSI

This week I checked out Black Swan in theater's & netflix'd Tsotsi.

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Black Swan is a psycological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky starring Natalie Portman. Its plot revolves around a production of Swan Lake by a prestigious New York City ballet company. The production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. One dancer, Nina (Portman), is a perfect fit for the White Swan, and ends up finding the dark side to herself in order to play the Black Swan. The movie is visually stunning and well acted, but to be honest with you, it wasn't my cup of tea. I normally like artsy and complex films like this but I found myself saying "I get it, but what's the point" as I left the theater. Check out the official movie trailer...

Now Tsotsi on the other hand, I loved. Set in a Soweto slum, near Johannesburg, South Africa, the film tells the story of Tsotsi, a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat. This 2005  Academy Award winner for best foreign language film was written and directed by Gavin Hood (an adaptation of the novel Tsotsi, by Athol Fugard).  For me this movie invoked the dynamic between wanting to be the person you really are (at the core) vs. who your circumstance has made you. Check out the official movie trailer...