Cert (UK):15 Runtime: 103 min Directors: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder
Fancy watching a psycho melodrama about a deranged ballerina ? This might be the film for you. Black Swan follows a young ballerina Nina Sayers ( Natalie Portman) . She is beautiful yet a vulnerable woman, who has psychological issues. As her hallucinations worsen her darker character aka the Black Swan emerges and she explores her darker side. The main theme of the film is fear and in every scene Nina shows this fear of not finding perfection, this fear mainly comes from an overbearing mother (Barbra Hershey) who has pushed her to succeed in the career. The adversarial role Lily (played by Mila Kunis) her understudy in Swan Lake, plays a pivotal role in Black Swan. As she brings the darker side of Nina, while she prepares for her role.
Aronofsky stays loyal to the story of Swan Lake during this film, but also challenges the viewer to question what is Nina’s reality. The transformation of Nina from a fragile soul into a confident temptress, keeps the viewer glued to the screen. Natalie Portman’s dedication to her role glues this masterpiece together, she worked hard physically and mentally prior to filming, and it shows on the big screen. With a strong supporting cast Black Swan is a must see .