A psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream). Follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman in an Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with dance.
When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina takes centre stage. But there's competition: new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis). Swan Lake requires a dancer to play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As they expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina gets in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Winner for Best Actress (Natalie Portman) at the 2011 Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globes.
2010Rating: R16, contains violence, sex scenes & content that may disturb.109 minsUSA
A wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating study of a young dancer's all-consuming ambition, Black Swan serves as a fascinating complement to Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," trading the grungy world of a broken-down fighter for the more upscale but no less brutal sphere of professional ballet.
Director Darren Aronovsky has a way with the grand gesture and the doomed protagonist. In Pi he had his lead character drill a hole in his own head, rather than spend another day tormented by being so good at maths.