There's probably only one commentator in the United States who understands that full devotion to ballet will make very weird things happen to you -- and breaking out in stigmata is not entirely out of the question.
Pop culture traffics in vampires and deads of night. When Natalie Portman finally takes possession of her dark side (she’s at her most impressive here), her eyes turn devil. Slashing its way to the finish line, Black Swan is the first ballet movie for highbrow horror fans for whom ballet itself signifies little to nothing. Those of us who know and love ballet can only look on it with a different kind of horror.
The film just opened in limited release in the US.