Black Swan (Blu-ray)

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Psychological thriller set in the American ballet world starring Natalie Portman in an award-winning performance. Nina (Portman) is a dancer in a New York City ballet company. Still living with her domineering and obsessive mother Erica (Barbara Hershey), a former ballerina herself, Nina barely has a life outside her dancing. When the company's artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for a major new production of Swan Lake, Nina finds herself losing sight of her own identity as she becomes caught up in a twisted competitive friendship with her rival Lily (Mila Kunis). Portman won the 2011 Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Movies & TV
1 Apr 2013
Region B
Secondary Languages
German, Italian
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Black Swan
Release Year
Running Time
108 min
Action/Adventure / Dancers / Showbiz / Thriller
US Box Office
$106.9 million
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Rotten Tomatoes®
85% 84%
New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. Nina covets the role of the Swan Queen in a production of Swan Lake by acclaimed theater director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The harder Nina works to win the part, however, the more overwhelmed she becomes by her suspicions that talented newcomer Lily (Kunis) is intent on stealing it away from her. As the production draws near and Nina struggles to master the duel roles of the White Swan and the Black Swan, she grows increasingly unstable to the point where she finds it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality. Though her burgeoning friendship with the unconventional Lily helps Nina to jettison her perfectionist instincts and find her footing as the Black Swan, the closer she gets to perfecting the role, the further her sanity erodes until she begins to experience a bizarre and profound transformation.
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Cast & Crew
Darren Aronofsky
Natalie Portman / Vincent Cassel / Barbara Hershey / Mila Kunis / Benjamin Millepied / Winona Ryder
Kristina Anapau / Abe Aronofsky / Charlotte Aronofsky / John Epperson / Timothy Fain / Arkadiy Figlin / Liam Flaherty / Kurt Froman / Christopher Gartin / Toby Hemingway / Stanley Herman / Patrick Heusinger / Marty Krzywonos / Marcia Jean Kurtz / Sarah Lane / Leslie Lyles / Mark Margolis / Janet Montgomery / Michelle Rodriguez Nouel / Shaun P. O'Hagan / Deborah Offner / Tina Sloan / Ksenia Solo / Sebastian Stan / Sergio Torrado
Andres Heinz / Mark Heyman / John McLaughlin
Clint Mansell
Director of Photography
Matthew Libatique
Andres Heinz
Sound Re-Recording
Craig Henighan / Dominick Tavella
Stunt Coordinator
Douglas Crosby
Set Decorator
Tora Peterson
Post-Production Supervisor
Jeff Robinson
Music Director
Jim Black / Gabe Hilfer
Music Performer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Benjamin Millepied
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"BLACK SWAN is a florid, often lurid, completely enthralling film held in place by a disarming Portman, who rarely leaves the frame." -- Grade: A-
Keith Phipps (2 Dec 2010, )
Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "With Natalie Portman dominating the action and exhibiting a screen maturity not seen from her before, this all-stops-out Grand Guignol melodrama exhibits more than enough blood, sweat and tears to score nicely beyond the ballet crowd."
Pete Hammond (10 Dec 2010, )
Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]old with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd. It centers on a performance by Natalie Portman that is nothing short of heroic..."
Roger Ebert (1 Dec 2010, )
4 stars out of 5 -- "Aronofsky pulls off some astonishing visual flourishes....Like THE WRESTLER, BLACK SWAN also showcases Aronofsky's ability to tease career-best turns out of lead actors, in this case Portman."
Dan Jolin (21 Jan 2011, )
Entertainment Weekly
"Darren Aronofsky's backstage ballet thriller BLACK SWAN is lurid and voluptuous pulp fun, with a sensationalistic fairy-tale allure." -- Grade: B+
Owen Gleiberman (24 Dec 2010, )
Hollywood Reporter
"[A] gorgeously shot, visually complex film..."
Kirk Honeycutt (1 Dec 2010, )
New York Times
"Part tortured-artist drama, BLACK SWAN looks like a tony art-house entertainment. But what gives its a jolt is its giddy, sometimes sleazy exploitation-cinema savvy."
Manohla Dargis (3 Dec 2010, )
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Aronfsky treats ballet as one of the bleeding arts. And so does his breathtaking star, Natalie Portman, who delivers an all-stops-out performance that will soon be the stuff of legend."
Peter Travers (2 Dec 2010, )
Sight and Sound
"[A] film that gives the hair on the back of your neck a serious workout."
Lisa Mullen (1 Feb 2011, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "BLACK SWAN is a film obsessed with movement, colours, sets, sound design, Clint Mansell's clanging score and, of course, performance..."
Jamie Graham (30 Dec 2010, )
4 stars out of 5 -- "[P]rops to Portman, who's in every scene -- and Winona Ryder, brilliant as the neurotic, toxic former prima ballerina."
Michael Bonner (1 Feb 2011, )
USA Today
4 stars out of 4 -- "At the center of this dreamlike story is Natalie Portman's exquisite performance of a troubled ballerina who evolves from timid to seriously unhinged."
Claudia Puig (3 Dec 2010, )
Washington Post
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] ballet film that captures both the gossamer pink softness of classical dance and the scarier psychological impulses lying just beneath the serene surface."
(3 Dec 2010, )