Fox Searchlight recently released its award-winning, psycho-thriller Black Swan on Blu-Ray & DVD. Black Swan was directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Natalie Portman as a up and coming ballerina who is given a role of a lifetime that stretches her physically and emotionally to the breaking point. The cast also includes Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey.
Here is the synopsis of Black Swan from the DVD cover:
Nina (Portman) is 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 obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (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-a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
I was given a screening copy to view for this review. Black Swan is a very intense movie and I found it very entertaining and intriguing. I found myself feeling several different emotions as I watched it. I found the description of Black Swan as a "psychological thriller" to be very accurate. I think Natalie Portman & Mila Kunis played their roles well. Black Swan is rate R for good reason, but I found it to be a great adult mystery-suspense drama!
thank you to Fox for my sample used in this review. Opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.
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