Black Swan

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Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky (2010)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

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The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky's dark, hypnotic study of obsession is set in the punishing world of ballet, where serious hard graft doesn't always guarantee results and stardom is perhaps at its most fleeting. Natalie Portman plays Nina, an aspiring lead with a New York dance company, who's determined to win the coveted role of the Swan Queen in an upcoming production of Swan Lake. However, the ballet's director (Vincent Cassel) is sceptical. Though Nina is perfect for the virginal Swan Queen, the shy, repressed dancer struggles to impress him as the Black Swan, her sexually magnetic alter ego. The arrival of the talented and rebellious Lily (Mila Kunis) raises the stakes, and as Nina wrestles with her demons, the film hurtles towards an exhilarating and disturbing climax that will please fans of Roman Polanski's early work. Logic and originality are sometimes lacking, but Aronofsky's bravura direction and Portman's sincere, mesmerising performance paper over those particular cracks.

Summary

A repressed ballet dancer leads a sheltered life, devoted entirely to her art. She pursues the lead role in a production of Swan Lake, but the director convinces her she will only be capable of dancing the part if she embraces her darker impulses. This leads her into a destructive relationship with a rival that threatens her sanity. Drama, starring an Oscar-winning Natalie Portman. With Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder.

Cast & Crew

Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen Natalie Portman
Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman Vincent Cassel
Lily / The Black Swan Mila Kunis
Erica Sayers / The Queen Barbara Hershey
Beth MacIntyre / The Dying Swan Winona Ryder
David / The Prince Benjamin Millepied
Veronica / Little Swan Ksenia Solo
Galina / Little Swan Kristina Anapau
Andrew Sebastian Stan
Mr Fithian Mark Margolis
Director Darren Aronofsky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Jan 2011
Drama