Black Swan

December 3rd 2010
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 103 min,
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, Toby Hemingway, Barbara Hershey, Janet Montgomery, Christopher Gartin, Kristina Anapau, Ksenia Solo, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Adriene Couvillion, Shaun O'Hagan, Marty Krzywonos, Kurt Froman, Patrick Heusinger, Tim Lacatena, Matthew Nadu
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin
  • Producers: Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
  • Co Producer: Jerry Fruchtman
  • Executive Producers: Jon Avnet, Brad Fischer, Peter Fruchtman, Ari Handel, Jennifer Roth, Rick Schwartz, Tyler Thompson, David Thwaites
  • Art Direction: David Stein
  • Casting: Mary Vernieu
  • Costume Design: Amy Westcott
  • D.O.P.: Matthew Libatique
  • Editor: Andrew Weisblum
  • Makeup: Marjorie Durand
  • Music: Clint Mansell
  • Production Design: Thérèse DePrez
  • Set Decoration: Tora Peterson


Nina (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 (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her.

When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (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 - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use
  • Production Budget: $17 million
  • Production Companies: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 19 October 2009 - 27 June 2010

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Darren Aronofsky's much anticipated first effort after the success of "The Wrestler" is a slow burn psychological thriller that should be compelling. A script review cites that much of the film is about following Portman's character through her day-to-day mundane life, lulling you into a false sense of security so that when the big moments happen they have a real impact.

The storyline itself about a rival that may be all in her head sounds fairly mundane admittedly, but the director has shown a real knack for taking that kind of material and giving us a whole new and fresh perspective on it that ventures into some very dark territory. Early drafts had a rather hardcore lesbian sex scene between Portman and Kunis that, while I couldn't frankly care less about, much of the male population that reads film scoops has already spanked one out to the idea of. Kunis herself played coy about the scene in an interview which means it may not show up at all, but if it does there's a guaranteed box-office boost right there."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 13 January 2011: Australia
  • 20 January 2011: Germany
  • 21 January 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 28 January 2011: Spain
  • 17 February 2011: Singapore
  • 23 February 2011: Belgium
  • 24 February 2011: Netherlands, Portugal
  • 25 February 2011: Finland
  • 2 March 2011: France
  • 11 March 2011: Italy