Black Swan

Oscar Winner

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama, Family, Thriller
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: December 3, 2010 (limited)
DVD: March 29, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 4.16
based on 2390 votes and 843 reviews
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Cast: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Toby Hemingway, Janet Montgomery

Synopsis

BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her.

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 is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan.

As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side—a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Mike Medavoy, Scott Franklin, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver
Screenplay: Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
Official Site: blackswan2010.com

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  • 5 stars "One of my absolute favorite movies! Great acting and story. A bit dark and disturbed. Good twists. LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • 2 stars "Well done, but not my cup of tea. A little too wierd for my taste."
  • 1 star "unremarkable, dull, and hugely overrated. i was expecting a lot better from aronofsky."