Wow! Natalie Portman's Black Swan has me transfixed just from the trailer! Mind you I think I was a goner when I saw that amazing poster. The film is getting a lot of people talking with kudos going to the amazing cast of women - Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Milla Kunis and of course Natalie Portman who is being tipped to be nominated for an oscar for this role.
This film is disturbing and dark and even explores some girl on girl action that will no doubt please. I badly want to see it but I know it will be no picnic.
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)