Nina (Natalie 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 (Barbara Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth (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 (Mila 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.
After watching Perfect Blue Darren Aronofsky immediately bought the rights to the film but didn’t get a real life re-make of this anime classic off the ground. Aronofsky used some of its imagery for 2000’s Requiem for a Dream but 2010’s Black Swan is where his true ‘hommage’ of the film comes to fruition. A female artist gets a big break in her career but has to deal with the psychological implications of fame and the ever worsening suspicions of being stalked by a darker version of oneself is the synopsis of both films and are a truly beautiful double bill to behold. In English with Dutch subtitles.
Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Drama, ThrillerLand: VS
Speelduur: 108 minuten