2010 Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell. Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
Black Swan was creepily wonderful. Darren Aronofsky really knows how to make a psychological thriller that will make your flesh crawl and have you squirming in your seat. Natalie Portman is my pick for the best Oscar this year. With all due respect and kudos to the other nominees in that category, Natalie turned in an incredible performance while dancing ballet in this movie and that has to be worth some extra points.
Nina Sayers (Portman) strives for technical perfection in every ballet she dances. Sometimes oddly childlike, dominated by a doting and overbearing mother, ballet is her entire world. Elated to be chosen to dance the lead dual roles in Swan Lake, Nina’s joy slowly turns to apprehension as the new ballerina in town (Kunis) demonstrates the perfect blend of sensuality and skill that just might challenge Nina’s place in the ballet company.
As they are polar opposites who are also rivals for the same role, Nina has trouble accepting Lily’s friendly overtures without suspicion. Urged by the artistic director (Cassel) to loosen up and study Lily’s technique, Nina starts to exhibit increasingly more paranoid behavior. Is Lily her friend? Or is she out to get her? Lily’s determination to dance the most perfect Swan Lake ever seen consumes her psyche and leads to a terrifying descent into madness.