Synopsis: Nina (Natalie 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 (Barbara Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), decides to replace prima ballerina, Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder), for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition; a new dancer, Lily (Mila 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.
While much more of a thriller than a horror, director Darren Aronofsky has a way of adding a shocking spice to all of his films. This one looks no different, and judging by the early reviews coming out of festivals where’s it’s already been seen – it’s powerful and gripping.