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Black Swan (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  17 December 2010 (USA)
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A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

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Veronica / Little Swan
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Galina / Little Swan
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Madeline / Little Swan
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Andrew / Suitor
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Tom / Suitor
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Sergio / Rothbart
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Mr. Fithian / Patron
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Mrs. Fithian / Patron
Abraham Aronofsky ...
Mr. Stein / Patron (as Abe Aronofsky)
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Storyline

Nina (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. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cisne negro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,443,809 (USA) (3 December 2010)

Gross:

$106,952,327 (USA) (29 April 2011)
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Trivia

Natalie Portman met her future husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, on the set of this film. See more »

Goofs

When Nina returns home after being assigned a role, she stands at her front door to go in. She is wearing her white scarf around her neck. She then puts her key in the lock and other hand on the door knob as she walks through the door to the other side, her hands are still on the door but her scarf is now over her arm. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nina Sayers: I had the craziest dream last night. I was dancing the White Swan.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.130 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Dark Sygnet
Written by Jermaine Troy Jacob
Performed by Jakes
Contains "Swan Lake" written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Have I watched the wrong movie???@>?~?
22 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I couldn't wait to see Black Swan, given all the rave reviews.....and I could hardly sit through it when I finally did.... Seriously, what film has everyone been watching? How can anyone consider this film a masterpiece and how can it end up with a score of 8+ on IMDb? This film is about as subtle as a sledge hammer, it's trying very hard to be deep and psychological, but it's basically just pretentious. Dramatic music at every corner is setting the tone and Ms Portmans pain stricken face in constant close ups....just in case the audience doesn't get it, yes indeed, this is supposed to be a very disturbing film. I wish it was! Then at least I would have felt anything at all. Instead, the way the story was told the characters left me completely cold. Don't get me wrong, I love great movies, an intelligent script and more than anything I appreciate a film that gets under my skin and touches me emotionally. This film so doesn't. Actually it left me so indifferent, I can't even be bothered to put much effort into this review.


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