Disturbing Swan Dive
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis,
Vincent Cassel, Barbara
Hershey, Winona Ryder
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Executive Producer: Bradley J. Fischer, Ari
Handel, Tyler Thompson, Peter
Fruchtman, Rick Schwartz, Jon
Producer: Mike Medavoy, Arnold W.
Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott
Writer: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz,
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When Nina fights back against the improper advances of her artistic director (Vincent Cassel), he decides to cast her in the lead role anyway because he likes her fiery spirit. At the same time, Nina discovers there is rampant jealousy and competitiveness from the other dancers. She sees departing ballet star Beth McIntyre attempt suicide and is uncertain whether to trust the intentions of a fellow dancer, Lily (played by Mila Kunis).
As Nina pushes herself over the edge with her fears, paranoia and obsessive preparation, the movie parades through an assortment of perverse and violent behavior, which may either be real or fabricated in Nina’s increasingly unhinged fantasies. [Spoiler Alert] Ultimately, after committing much mayhem, Nina dies at the end of the film, having stabbed herself during her opening night as the Black Swan, and dying after her character falls to her own fictional death.
BLACK SWAN is an extremely unpleasant movie, packed with some of the most bizarrely unhinged and immoral behavior to be seen on the big screen in ages. Included are some graphic sexual content, explicit lesbianism and extreme violence.
On a production level, the performances are outstanding, especially those by Kunis and Portman. Portman, however, goes ludicrously over-the-top in the final half hour. While trying to show that the quest for artistic perfection can be destructive, the movie ultimately goes too far on every level, nearly turning into a horror film in its final stretches.
Overall, this is a movie secular critics are mostly championing, but mainstream audiences will be confused and disturbed by much of it. BLACK SWAN ultimately is an abhorrent exercise without redemptive content.
BLACK SWAN is an extremely unpleasant movie, packed with some of the most bizarrely unhinged and immoral behavior to be seen on the big screen in ages. Included are some graphic sexual content, explicit homosexuality and extreme violence. Many secular critics are lauding BLACK SWAN, but much of it will confuse and disturb mainstream viewers. BLACK SWAN is an abhorrent exercise without redemptive content.