Black Swan 2010

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Psychological thriller set in the American ballet world starring Natalie Portman in an award-winning performance. Nina (Portman) is a dancer in a New York City ballet company. Still living with her domineering and obsessive mother Erica (Barbara Hershey), a former ballerina herself, Nina barely has a life outside her dancing. When the company's artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for a major new production of Swan Lake, Nina finds herself losing sight of her own identity as she becomes caught up in a twisted competitive friendship with her rival Lily (Mila Kunis). Portman won the 2011 Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actress.

Starring:
Mila Kunis, Toby Hemingway
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Black Swan

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Starring Mila Kunis, Toby Hemingway, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, Janet Montgomery, Sebastian Stan, Barbara Hershey
Director Darren Aronofsky
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 13 June 2011
Main languages English

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By LMK on 24 Sep 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this expecting to find it a bit pretentious. However, I loved it! It was extremely odd, but compelling - primarily an exploration of one girl's fight for perfection and the madness she drives herself to. I particularly enjoyed the way that as a viewer you are left unsure which parts are reality and which part her imagination. Critics have noted it's not a real presentation of ballet - I think that's true, so don't watch if that's what you're after. Also I saw one reviewer mentioned unnecessary sex scenes - although they are fairly graphic, I felt they were an integral part of the destruction of the character. Certainly not an "easy" watch, nor designed to be fun, but very intelligent (lots of metaphor throughout) and Portman was excellent. I recommend if you enjoy something a little dark and different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A tale in which 'Nina' ( Natalie Portman ) is consumed within the ballet 'Swan Lake'
Obsessed by failure, oppressed by her mother, 'Nina' lives out her fantisies within the story itself.
The film is intense, beautiful yet sad, and like the ballet itself tragic.
The performance by 'Natalie Portman' is stunning.
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97 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Graham S. Curtis on 18 July 2011
Format: DVD
Firstly lets get a few things straight. This is not a movie for twee middle class mums to watch with their daughters about being a ballet dancer. Many reviewers seem to think that would be the case. Be warned it is not. The 15 certificate may have given it away. 15 years ago it would have been an 18.

It is a very dark and bleak study of a top ballerina. And believe me Natalie Portman is outstanding. I know nothing about ballet but she seems to have put her heart and soul into this role.

Brilliantly directed, fantastically edited, superbly acted this is a visceral movie of the highest order. But as said earlier this will not be for everyone!!!
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A. Belcadenza on 7 July 2011
Format: DVD
This film is not residing in the middle of the road. It definitely has an original, darker stroke fitting well with the title. Nathalie Portman pays her dues for her Oscar in a great performance, showing off a wide pallette of emotional expressions. Though we've seen the "if you want fame, you gotta pay with sweat" theme before, this movie goes further into the darker quarters of how the human mind responds to stress overload. The main character is an ambitious young ballerina, working hard with her dancing, dreaming of doing the lead role in a famous ballet production. To achieve her goal, she evidently has to face more stress than her mind can bear. The deeper she sinks into mental exhaustion, the more she is plagued with hallucinations and paranoia and her tense relation to the ballet production director doesn't make things easier. This movie is definitely more than a chick flick for wanna-be-ballerinas and it takes a peak behind the curtain, depicting the thin line between hard work and being absorbed in absurdum with a task. The director included a couple of graphically explicit, lesbian sex scenes. If they add substance to the story is to be debated. I guess the director didn't dare to omit this oldest trick in the book.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 17 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Seeing a new film from Darren Aronofsky is always cause for excitement, and Black Swan is arguably his best to date, mixing elements of The Red Shoes, Repulsion and Suspiria to awesome effect. Reminiscent in many ways of his debut feature Pi, the film is a master class in genre cinema, with the tension and surreal madness being orchestrated to fever pitch. It's a real assault on the senses, bombarding the viewer with increasingly weird imagery and loud, frantic bursts of opera and classical music. Aronofsky walks a thin line between madness and genius in his movies, and you are never really sure which side he spends more time on. His previous films can justifiably be classified as being disturbingly brilliant, or brilliantly disturbed depending on your point of view, and Black Swan is no different. His movies are not what you might describe as being "feel good", but they all are capable of evoking reactions in the audience. That reaction may not always been what they want to feel, but it is always deliberate, and always well done. Aronofsky's films are not always well received (especially The Fountain, which was critically and commercially panned), but they can be respected for what they attempt.

The film revolves around Natalie Portman's Nina Sayers, a woman who has dedicated herself completely to the ballet and the art of dance, that it has stunted her development in many ways. She is cold and isolated, and has difficulty relating to people, while still retaining a purity and naivety that teeters between innocence and cowardice. She is afraid of everything, but has no idea why. Fueling this repression is Nina's mother Erica, a former dancer who achieved only moderate success, and now lives vicariously through her daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
Let’s face it, mum's send their little girls off to ballet lessons and perhaps push them that little bit harder, but ballet at the top is much more than just prancing around in a tutu. Nina's mum gave up her ballet to bring up her daughter, who she wants to live her life through her. Nina is quite sensitive to start off with, but when she wants the part of the Swan Queen in Swan Lake, things start to get harder.

With her teacher not sure that she can play the role of the Black Swan, and fears that another dancer is also after the part Nina finds herself being pushed over the edge. Starting to hallucinate, her life starts to change as she heads towards the final climax, her playing of the Swan Queen. But will Nina be able to survive such a demanding role, when her sanity is already crumbling around her?

This is a really good dark film that draws you in and holds your attention. Also available is a code so that you can also download a digital version to your iPod, etc. If you thought ballet was for sissies, think again.
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