Darren Aronofsky is always an interesting director to watch, but when I heard he was doing a film about ballet, my mind went to a dark place. Aronofsky doing ballet!?!? Okay, it might be about a faded ballet dancer who is forced deal with the reality that she can never dance again. This might work for Mickey Rourke and ‘The Wrestler’ but I just couldn’t see this as a compelling dance film.
Then I started getting really dark, maybe Aronofsky had sold out and was just doing a straight dance film like ‘Step Up’ or something, good lord no!!!
Then this trailer was released and it isn’t a retread of ‘The Wrestler’, it isn’t a cheap dance flick, oh no, it is none of the above. It is a dark psychological thriller done Aronofsky style. I’m there! This is a pretty hot looking trailer and I am really jazzed about seeing this film.
The synopsis (according to /Film) is:
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), 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 retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona 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 with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Now sit back and enjoy this fine looking film.
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