BLACK SWAN (2010 U.S.) D: DARREN ARONOFSKY W: MARK HEYMAN/ANDRES HEINZ/JOHN McLAUGHLIN P: SCOTT FRANKLIN/MIKE MEDAVOY/ARNOLD MESSER/BRIAN OLIVER
Natalie Portman is excellent (and painfully thin) as a determined yet sheltered ballerina (living with mother Barbara Hershey) who lands the role of the Swan Queen in Director Vincent Cassel`s production of Swan Lake. She can play the innocent, vulnerable White Swan with no trouble, but really has to dig deep to pull off the Black Swan. In fact nothing less than a nightmarish. hallucinatory fragmenting of the psyche will do the trick. Borderline horror fantasy Oscar-friendly non-genre psycho-drama is a lot of fun, but i`m surprised how seriously some took it, without acknowledging how ridicilous and camp it can be (those are not criticisms, i thoroughly enjoyed it). With Mila Kunis as Portman`s perceived nemesis, Winona Ryder, John Epperson (aka drag queen Lypsinki) as a piano player and Aronofsky regular Mark Margolis in a crowd scene. Clint Mansell covers Tchaikovsky on the soundtrack (a long way from Pop Will Eat Itself). Jon Avnet was an Executive Producer.

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