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BLACK SWAN

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BLACK SWANA psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (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 retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter,s professional ambition. 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 (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 with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. — (C) Official Site

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writers: Mark Heyman (screenplay), Andres Heinz (screenplay)

Staring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel

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One Review for “BLACK SWAN”

  1. Fini Goodman says:

    The movie I’m reviewing this week is Black Swan: It is a thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballerinas competing for the same role. It is new to pay per view this week and I suggested it for family movie night: my husband agreed to see it because there was supposedly a lesbian scene between Kunis and Portman.
    It started out OK but descended into horrible very quickly. The problem was that I had a vague remembrance of Darren Aronofsky, but I had forgotten that I had vowed never to see another movie of his after Requiem for a Dream, which was a self indulgent TMI study of how grotesque heroin addiction can be. Black Swan ended up to be a self indulgent TMI study of how grotesque being a ballerina can be. It was a study in tearing off your own bloody cuticles in long bloody strips. It was a study in how bruised and bloody your toenails can get. It was a study in Natalie Portman dancing her tail off to get an Oscar nomination. It was a study in how much cinematic abuse I can take before I just stop playing a movie because my husband and I haven’t seen a movie together in so long that I just wanted to sit in the dark and eat Orville Redenbacher’s caramel corn mixed with his butter popcorn and drink light lemonade and feel human again for a couple of hours. Is that too much to ask? I ended up feeling very abused and uncomfortable and nauseated. But still I sat. Does every experience have to parallel my childhood?
    Like I said, my husband only agreed to see this movie because of the lesbian scene. If you want to see the movie on those grounds alone, don’t bother: it really wasn’t sexy. It was just disturbing. That’s coming from him: not me.
    To be fair, Black Swan was REALLY well done for what it was so if you’re an Aronofsky fan, you will LOVE it. If you’re a person who doesn’t want to be cinematically abused, don’t see it.

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