Synopsis taken from IMDB
A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like the evil twin sister of the White Swan, the Black Swan.
If you only see one movie before the Academy Awards ceremony this year, you must see Black Swan. While nominations have yet to be announced, this film is destined to be nominated and carry home an Oscar. Natalie Portman gives a visceral performance of Nina Sayers, a ballet dancer who wins the two lead roles in an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Her performance of a young woman’s spiraling descent into darkness is spellbinding. Also giving a brilliant performance in the film is Mila Kunis as Lily, who also has to portray a slight dual role in the film. Kunis pulls it off flawlessly. Vincent Cassel adds sexual chemistry and a watchers apprehension to the role of Thomas Leroy as the prowling, abusive and yet in some scenes, tender ballet director opposite Portman and Kunis. Barbara Hershey plays Portman’s creepy, on the verge of being menacing, mother. All of these characters together, combined with director Darren Aronofsky’s (The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) ability to tell a tale from the darkest side of the equation, make for a movie that will make your heart race, your hand fly to your mouth in surprise and your eyes squeeze shut even when you don’t want them to. The other dramatic accent of the film is the overwhelming original scores done by Clint Mansell. His music takes you on an amazing spiral of emotion from the opening scene all the way to the end of the credits. I bought the soundtrack as soon as I got home.
You must see this film! I would love to hear your reaction and your comments here after you do. This movie gets my thumbs up Random Review. Truly one of the finest pieces of cinematic work I’ve seen in a long time.