Black Swan (2010)

Feature Film | Horror | USA | English | 1h48m
Dir: Darren Aronofsky | Scr: Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, & John McLaughlin | Story: Andrés Heinz | Ph: Matthew Libatique | Prod: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, & Brian Oliver | Mus: Clint Mansell | Ed: Andrew Weisblum | PD: Thérèse DePrez | AD: David Stein | Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied

A hardworking if somewhat uptight ballerina is cast in the role of the swan queen in her company’s production of Swan Lake, and slowly, as the pressure put on her by her cliché-spouting director and rather negative mother starts to mount, begins to lose touch with reality, in Aronofsky’s visceral, unpredictable, and decidedly horrific melodrama. Portman’s central performance, as the mentally disintegrating dancer, is particularly noteworthy in a generally very well-crafted film.