I saw Black Swan this week … quite a disturbing film which I think explores how one persons desire to achieve perfection can have a serious impact on their perception of reality with subsequent consequences for how they treat themselves.
I think this movie explores idolatry in that this persons whole life is made up of performing the ‘perfect’ dance. The desire for perfection consumes her whole life so that, in some perverse way, she ends up being interested in nothing else …. a kind of worship of herself in the role.
This worship of herself, or her role, causes her to lose all sense of reality so that she finally starts to disregard her body which was the initial object of her worship.
At some point in the film when Nina is talking about perfection she is told that ‘perfection is not just about control. It’s about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can surprise the audience. Transcendence! Very few have it in them!
In her endeavour to lose control and ‘be perfect’ she transcends reality.
I guess the saddest thing about the film for myself, as a Christian, is that the person was already perfect, not simply perfect as a dancer but also made perfect by Creator God. She was striving for something that she already had … but simply failed to see what others saw.
I think I know a few people like that too.