Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey.
In this erotic thriller , prima ballerina , Nina (Natalie Portman) lands the role of Odette, the Swan Queen, in a daringly "revisionist" production of "Swan Lake." She must also dance the ballet's bewitching Odile, (the Black Swan) but the artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) is skeptical and brings in a rival dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), to act as both goad and back-up. This unnerves the obsessive young lead who begins to fantasize and break down. Nina lives with her mother (Barbara Hershey), a bitter ex-ballerina who gave up her career to raise Nina alone. The on stage drama is reflected offstage as the neurotic Nina comes to terms with the demands of the role. Will she metamorphose and triumph? Well you need to see the movie to find out. Not a patch on Red Shoes and overall despite some nice ballet inspired touches, very disappointing.