Black Swan
Black Swan
Black Swan
Prima performance
What's It About? Ballerina Nina is initially overjoyed when she lands the coveted lead in a new production of Swan Lake.
The problem is it's a dual role, and while the director thinks she's perfect for the pure, vulnerable White Swan, he's not sure she has the necessary passion for the evil, seductive Black Swan.
Determined to prove herself, Nina sets out to embrace her dark side, but in the process starts to lose her sanity.
Is It Any Good? Despite being set in the outwardly genteel world of ballet, Black Sawn is a gripping, occasionally harrowing tale of one woman's psychological breakdown.
Natalie Portman deservedly won an Oscar for her role as tortured Nina (and she certainly looks the part as a ballerina), but credit should also go to director Darren Aronofsky for making a potentially difficult subject so very watchable.
Anything Else? The British Board of Film Classification has revealed that Black Swan generated the most complaints of any movie in 2011 - many of them from people who had been expecting more dancing, and less sex and psychological horror.
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey