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Black Swan (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.

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A 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
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R (for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$106,952,327.00
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Cast

Natalie Portman
as Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen
Mila Kunis
as Lily/The Black Swan
Vincent Cassel
as Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
Barbara Hershey
as Erica Sayers/The Queen
Winona Ryder
as Beth MacIntyre/The Dying Swan
Benjamin Millepied
as David/The Prince
Ksenia Solo
as Veronica/Little Swan
Kristina Anapau
as Galina/Little Swan
Janet Montgomery
as Madeline/Little Swan
Sebastian Stan
as Andrew/Suitor
Toby Hemingway
as Tom/Suitor
Sergio Torrado
as Sergio/Rothbart
Mark Margolis
as Mr. Fithian/Patron
Tina Sloan
as Mrs. Fithian/Patron
Abe Aronofsky
as Mr. Stein/Patron
Charlotte Aronofsky
as Mrs. Stein/Patron
Marcia Jean Kurtz
as Costumer Georgina
Shaun P. O'Hagan
as Stage Manager Sebastian
Christopher Gartin
as Sexy Waiter Scott
Deborah Offner
as Administrator Susie
Stanley Herman
as Uncle Hank
Stanley B. Herman
as Uncle Hank
Michelle Rodriguez Nouel
as Physical Therapist
Kurt Froman
as Understudy for Siegfried
Marty Krzywonos
as Conductor
John Epperson
as Jaded Piano Player
Arkadiy Figlin
as Piano Player
Timothy Fain
as Violin Player
Sarah Lane
as Lady in the Lane
Liam Flaherty
as Man in Stall
Patrick Heusinger
as Rich Gent
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Critic Reviews for Black Swan

All Critics (275) | Top Critics (45)

Portman hasn't been this good since her early performances in The Professional and Heat, and is deservedly attracting intense Oscar buzz. Kunis brings to Lily a savvy sexiness, and Cassel is entertainingly smarmy.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Practice makes perfectly insane in Black Swan, a tale of one ballerina's psychosexual freakout.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Newsday
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Portman, saddled with the near-impossible role of an impenetrable heroine we must care for without ever coming close to understanding, delivers career-high work here...

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Miami Herald
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At times, Black Swan verges on laughably old school. Still, what a brazen, bold riff on the cost - physical, emotional - of art.

December 17, 2010
Denver Post
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There's a delirium that runs through Black Swan, a sense of stress and anguish and mad momentum, that's both exhilarating and terrifying.

Full Review… | December 10, 2010
Detroit News
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Taken in the too-much-is-never-enough vein, "Black Swan" is a fantastic experience...

Full Review… | December 10, 2010
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Black Swan

Natalie Portman is dragged into insanity by Aronofsky in what is for sure one of the most extraordinary performances of her career, while this is a spectacular (and fantastically directed) film that dives with a lot of symbolism and incredible intensity into the psyche of a disturbed character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

This may be a movie, that in time grows on me more and more times after i watch it just to fully appreciate this movie. It is a very intriguing and mesmerising movie all round with great performances, fantastic cinematography and great direction. Although at first i wasn't sure if i wanted to watch this movie as it is about ballet even if it is a psychological thriller, however it truly won me over, i think Natalie Portman delivers a stunning and top of the form performance that is truly worthy of the oscar. She certainly delivers a fantastic performance that could possibly persuade me to go and see and actual ballet production. The storyline and script are beautifully written and is a very interesting concept that i very much enjoyed. The story of a ballet dancer striving for perfection but also needing to find that balance between perfection and relaxing so that the emotion of the dance comes through in the dance. I liked that the story concentrated on the difficulty of striving for that perfection when competing against other determined/driven dancers. It really is a great psychological thriller that has a border line between sanity and insanity. A very good movie and does have its moments of pure horror as well! I loved the final scene from where the white swan turns into its opposite and becomes the black, i thought that Natalie Portman did an excellent and exhilarirating performances that i didnt think that you could actually pick on the change between the white swan who is a kind of conscientous, timid and frigid kind of character whereas the black swan is the alto ego of letting go and becoming an intense and maybe scary character and Portman gives and portrays that performance beautifully in that one dance. Very well down and really worth the watch even if you aren't a ballet fan.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

Much like Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," which shows how much damage wrestling wreaks on a human body, despite it being staged, "Black Swan" exposes the emotional and physical tolls of ballet, despite it being so pretty and ladylike. Natalie Portman's performance is painful to watch - in a good way. She's painfully withdrawn, painfully giddy, painfully lithe, and painfully sensual. The masturbation scene is sexy, but it's not meant to be just that. It's guarded at first, then freeing, then painfully embarrassing. Much of the pain, I suppose, comes from the audience knowing that fit is gonna hit the shan at any moment. Upon first viewing, I thought the movie broke its own set of supernatural rules because all throughout, we're supposed to believe that what Nina sees, feels, and does are figments of her imagination - sprouting swan wings, shanking a bitch. Nina doesn't REALLY sprout wings. Her ankles don't REALLY collapse in on themselves. She doesn't REALLY kill Lily, and as a corollary, she doesn't REALLY stab herself. No other character in the movie can see these psychotic delusions, yet the one that they do see (the bloody gash from aforementioned shanking) just happens to be caused by the only delusion that the filmmakers don't even show the audience (Nina killing herself, apparently, when she thought she was killing Lily). However, I bought the fantasy-becoming-reality climax more this time for no real reason other than perhaps wanting a believable resolution that mirrors the sacrificial suicide in the plot of "Swan Lake."

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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