Black Swan (R)


Darren Aronofsky’s voyeuristic psycho-thriller has frenetic authenticity. Natalie Portman is dazzling as Nina, a ballet dancer determined to prove to her manipulative choreographer Leroy (Vincent Cassel) that she deserves the Swan Queen role in Swan Lake. Leroy coerces Nina into expanding mental and physical boundaries set by her mother (Barbara Hershey). Portman gives the film a foundation of disciplined substance that Aronofsky attacks with brushstrokes of subliminal menace.

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