Drama Movies, by Ajay Singh, 27 February 2011

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau, Janet Montgomery, Sebastian Stan, Toby Hemingway, Sergio Torrado, Mark Margolis, Tina Sloan

Country: USA

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Language: English | French

Awards:Oscar, Austin Film Critics Award, BAFTA Film Award, BSFC Award, COFCA Award, CFCA Award, DFWFCA Award, DFWFCA Award, Golden Globe, KCFCC Award, Sierra Award, LAFCA Award, OFCS Award, PFCS Award.

Official Site: Black Swan Official Site

Black Swan "Natalie Portman"

Black Swan "Natalie Portman"

Natalie Portman gives an Oscar worthy performance at the head of an amazing cast.

Director Darren Aronofsky brings us “Black Swan”, the story of a ballerina, obsessed with achieving perfection in her work. Played by Natalie Portman, Nina is given the chance to become the prima ballerina in a new production of Swan Lake, urged to succeed in it by her dominating mother, one of those parents who projects their own wishes onto their child. However there is a rival in the form of Lily, played by Mila Kunis, and the two ballerinas fall into character as the black and white swans of the famous ballet, their rivalry drawing each other into deep waters.

Aaronofsky doesn’t disappoint, the film is a work of art both visually and in terms of the storytelling. It’s got a great deal of power in it’s depiction of struggle and obsession, devotion to art and to one’s true calling, sometimes to the exclusion of all else. His cinematography is as fluent in movement as the dancers on screen and the colour palette perfectly compliments the mood of the scene often in very subtle and clever ways. With a lightness of touch, he directs his actors to reveal everything about their characters in the smallest details, producing some truly breathtaking performances.

Natalie Portman has won a lot of plaudits for this role and it’s fantastic to see her on top form. She is 100% believable as Nina and you wonder how much of the performance is drawn from the actresses’ own struggles to achieve success. She is driven to the edge of insanity and her previously likeable character becomes riddled with corruption, transforming her into an at times, almost hateful creature. The second half of the film takes a dive into the disturbing with moments of on screen body horror that will genuinely make you flinch and once it has started on this path, the movie doesn’t let up or let you go. It is to Aaronofosky’s credit that he kept the running time of the film pared down to a minimum, it can be hard going towards the end, though incredibly rewarding.

Kudos must also be paid to Mila Kunis who turns in a performance no one thought her capable of as Lily, dark, seductive and with an excellent array of sarcastic one liners, making more out of what could have been a straightforwardly comedic role than another actress might have managed. Winona Ryder is also a standout in the cast, as ex prima ballerina Beth and Vincent Cassel as Thomas Leroy is twisted, disturbing and riveting to watch. With amazing performances supporting a fine script this is an absolute must see movie!

Black Swan [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Actors: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Format: CD+DVD
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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 103 minutes

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3.6 out of 5 stars (401)

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