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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Mila Kunis
Natalie Portman
Vincent Cassel
Barbara Hershey
Winona Ryder
Directors
Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriters
Mark Heyman
Andres Heinz
John J. McLaughlin
Running Time
108 minutes

Black Swan
AKA Gross Pointe Black


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Black Swan

Plot
Fragile dancer Nina (Portman) lives a sheltered, ballet-obsessed life with her over-protective, ex-ballerina mother (Hershey). When Nina is promoted to prima — replacing the older Beth (Ryder) — for a new production of Swan Lake, her director, Thomas (Cassel), urges her to explore her dark side so that she can better embody the dual role of the Swan Queen and the Black Swan. This, combined with her concern over the ambitions of a new arrival at the company, Lily (Kunis), pushes Nina towards breaking point.


Verdict
An extraordinary, intoxicating movie. Its hard, twisted edges may turn off some, but there’s no faulting either Aronofsky’s technical mastery or Portman’s flawless performance.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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