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Sex & Nudity

Contains strong sex

One sex scene, two scenes of masturbation, and brief sexual dialogue. There is no nudity.

Thomas asks Nina to "touch herself" as a homework assignment to get in touch with her darker, sexual side. Nina masturbates in two scenes. The first scene is longer and explicit; she puts her hand in her underwear and writhes and moans sensually, but she stops before she orgasms, because her mother is sitting in chair by the bed, sleeping. The second scene is much shorter, and almost entirely off-screen. We see Nina, in a bath, moving her hand below the water and moaning slightly.

Nina and Lily sit on the back seat of a taxi. Lily slowly moves her hand to Nina's crotch and gently starts to rub it. Nina closes her eyes and lets the Lily rub her for a few seconds. She open her eyes again, and removes the other woman's hand from her crotch and holds it.

A sex scene takes place between Nina and Lily. They kiss very passionately and sensually and undress each other. They are both seen in their underwear as Nina lies down and Lily on top of her suggestively licks her body and rubs her breasts. Lily then removes Nina's underwear with Lily's head covering her vagina while performing oral sex on her (Her legs and stomach are seen but not any genitals). Lily's head can be seen moving between the other woman's legs, and the camera goes between Lily and Nina's face as she moans heavily and eventually climaxes, crying out.

Nina (most likely imagines) Lily and Thomas having sex backstage. We see him on top of her on a table, thrusting forward. We see Lily's bra partially as she smiles at Nina.

Thomas seduces Nina whilst dancing. They kiss passionately as he rubs her breasts and crotch. He then walks away, leaving the woman somewhat distressed. Thomas forcibly kisses Nina, and she bites his lip in anger. He finds this to be good and helpful in getting in touch with her dark side.

Nina is briefly seen topless with her arms covering her breasts. This is not sexual as her mother is just checking her back for scratches.

Sexual relationships are hinted at between Beth and Thomas, and Beth asks Nina if she had to perform oral sex on Thomas to win the lead role.

Violence & Gore

Contains strong violence and injury detail

Nina's increasing neuroses are manifested in a bizarre, unconscious kind of self-mutilation. Repeatedly she picks at the skin around her fingernails and scratches her back viciously. She has awful hallucinations in which she sees herself tearing bloody strips of skin away from her fingers.

It's important to note that Nina's self-injury, conscious or not, is closely linked to her fears that her dance performance isn't perfect. And it culminates with her fatally stabbing herself with a large shard of glass. In her mind, though, it plays out as her killing Lily. She throws the other woman into a mirror and then stabs her with the broken glass, dragging her body into a closet and using a towel to keep blood from seeping beneath the door. Nina bleeds to death just as her character, the White Swan, commits suicide at the end of the ballet.

Twice, Nina visits Beth in the hospital. The former ballerina has apparently tried to kill herself by throwing herself in front of a car (offscreen). During Nina's first visit, she looks under Beth's hospital covers and sees horrible stitched gashes, bruises and braces on her legs. The second visit has Beth savagely jamming a sharp nail file deep into her own cheeks and face. Horrified, Nina flees, only to find that she has the nail file in her hand.

Nina brutally slams a door on her mother's hand. And her hallucinations include watching herself metamorphosing into a swan: Her neck elongates, her eyes going completely red, goose bumps on her arms erupt into actual feathers, she pulls bloody black feathers from her back, the skin on her toes fusing together and becoming webbed. In one of these scenes, Nina begins to transform in her bedroom, and bangs her head on the bed, knocking herself unconscious.

Several camera shots focus on Nina's battered feet. We watch as she attends to black, broken and bleeding toenails. (The overall effect depicts ballet as an art form that requires something like self-torture and mutilation in order to perform it.)

Profanity

Contains strong language

16 instances of "fuck", 2 each of "whore", "ass", and "shit", as well as 1 each of "pussy", "cock", "dick", and "prick". Also 3 uses of "Jesus" and 2 of "God".

Contains one scene of hard drug use

Lily smokes cigarettes, and shares one with Nina in one scene.

Nina and Lily drink and take ecstasy in one scene. It shows the effects of the drug but in a very dark and unappealing light.

Contains disturbing bloody images

The movie has startling scenes and disturbing images.

A woman's hand is slammed against a door and further aggravated later on.

The film's climax involves intense violence and hallucinations.

Rated R for: Adult Content, Graphic Language, Graphic Violence, Strong Sexual Content.(HBO advisory)

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use
Certification:
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA / Austria:16 / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 (TV rating) / Finland:K-15/13 (original rating) / France:U (with warning) / Germany:16 (f) / Ireland:16 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R15+ / Malaysia:18 (censored version) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Peru:14 / Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) / Singapore:M18 (cut) / Singapore:PG13 (edited TV version) / South Africa:16LV / South Korea:18 / Spain:12 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #46261)

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