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Natalie Portman wows us in Red Swan!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Black Swan the psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue when a new rival joins the company (Mila Kunis).

The movie follows the story of Nina (Portman), a New York City ballerina whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance.  She lives with her mother Erica (Barbara Hershey), a retired ballerina who zealously supports her daughter.  When  the 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.  However, 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.

It may well be a genre that is a little tired but all the same it is a movie that is well worth the trip to the cinema with excellent performances all round.

The Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), takes a thrilling and sometimes 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.

Natalie Portman Black Swan


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