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Black Swan

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2010
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • 103 mins
  • 15

Summary

Psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel. When aspiring ballerina Nina Sayers finally wins the coveted role of the Swan Queen in Swan Lake, it's a dream come true. But while her demanding choreographer thinks Nina is perfect for the role, he has reservations about her ability to portray the Queen's alter ego, the Black Swan - a part that comes naturally to her sensuous rival Lily. As jealousy consumes Nina, her hold on reality becomes increasingly blurred.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Nina Sayers / The Swan QueenNatalie Portman
Thomas Leroy / The GentlemanVincent Cassel
Lily / The Black SwanMila Kunis
Erica Sayers / The QueenBarbara Hershey
Beth MacIntyre / The Dying SwanWinona Ryder
David / The PrinceBenjamin Millepied
Veronica / Little SwanKsenia Solo
Galina / Little SwanKristina Anapau
AndrewSebastian Stan
Mr FithianMark Margolis

Crew

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DirectorDarren Aronofsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2011-01-21
Languages
English | Italian | French
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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