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USA: Fox Searchlight
UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau, Janet Montgomery, Sebastian Stan, Toby Hemingway, Sergio Torrado, Mark Margolis, Tina Sloan, Abraham Aronofsky
Director: Darren Aronofsky
USA: 103 mins
UK: 108 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong sex, language and bloody images
USA Release Date: 24 December 2010
USA Release Date: 17 December 2010 (Wider release)
USA Release Date: 3 December 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 21 January 2011
A ballerina at the New York City ballet, Nina (Natalie Portman) is a dedicated professional. She lives with her mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who ardently supports her daughter. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) chooses to replace prima ballerina Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) for the new Swan Lake production, his first choice is Nina who could portray the White Swan perfectly. However he is also drawn to rival ballerina and newcomer, Lily (Mila Kunis) who he can vividly see as being perfect for the Black Swan role.
As ambition takes centre stage, the two young dancers become rivals each endeavouring to be the preferred choice of Thomas. Meanwhile Nina embraces her dark side with increasing abandonment that threatens to consume and destroy her.