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Black Swan

[cert 15, 108 mins]

Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is a ballet dancer who, pushed by her domineering mother,
has worked tirelessly to achieve perfection throughout her professional career. Nina sees
off the competition to win the lead in a New York production of Swan Lake. The dual
role of The Swan is notoriously difficult as it requires the dancer to portray both the
delicate, beautiful White Swan as well as the voracious and sensual Black Swan. Nina
is comfortable as the White Swan, but finds she does not have the ‘dark side’ required
to nail the part of the Black Swan. Tempted and challenged by both her mentor Thomas
(Vincent Cassel) and her rival Lily (Mila Kunis), Nina begins to unravel psychologically as
the pressure mounts and her personal boundaries are broken...

Multiple images of woman in dressing gown shown in mirror reflections.

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel

Level: AS, A2, GCSE

Subjects: Film Studies, Media Studies

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