Black Swan details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, Janet Montgomery, Barbara Hershey, Toby Hemingway|
|Genres:||Drama, Music/Musical, Thriller|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Award Winners, Award Winners 2011, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Edge of Your Seat, Exclusive!, Highest Rated, IMDb Highest Rated, June - LOVEFiLM Picks|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Jun 2011|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Natalie Portman may be tipped for Oscar success but this sexually charged psychological thriller won't be everyone's cup of tea.
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A series of holes tied together with string.By a customer from Edinburgh , 28 Jan 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]The pedal is pressed to the metal, but it doesn't know where it is going. This is full on, especially in the last half hour. But I found myself sitting there thinking about it as I was watching, rather than being engrossed and swept along. There is plenty to think about; sexual maturing, art, the price of perfection, self discovery. But the film has a scattergun approach and it doesn't do any of them justice. Maybe it is meant to simplistic in the way that a fairy tale is. Certainly at times the symbolism is leaden and crass.
I also find the concept of self-abasement to achieve a goal repellent, though this is not another 'Breaking the Waves'.
They say a net is 'a series of holes tied together with string.' The narrative is just like that. Ignorant Bystander.
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Quite beautiful really!By a customer , 21 Apr 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideIf like ballet, arty films and appreciate pretty convoluted films - this is for you. I felt that I had to try to follow a lot of symbols around the film. Not everything was clear but it wasn't meant to be clear... but left to the imagination. A tad sexy yes, but this all about the existential confusion of young virginal ballet dancer who wants to succeed and her purity stands in her way,... quite beautiful really!
swan swimsBy corkus (64 reviews) , 21 Apr 2013So not my type of film. but i really enjoyed this movie,not an action film. just a deep and compelling view of today's pressure to succeed.
Psychologically sound, and brimming with tension.By SidneyR (1 review) , 19 Apr 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideAn absolutely beautiful, stunning film. The Tragedy of the Black Swan.
An innocent and virginal Nina (Natalie Portman) has no life outside of ballet. An obsessive mother, who keeps Nina in a childlike state, who stunts Nina's maturity, and who imposes herself on Nina's life constantly, has brought Nina up as a vessel for her own dreams.
As a result of this, Nina knows nothing more than ballet. She is the White Swan. She is innocent and afraid of sex. She is still dressed and undressed by her mother, like a child. She is afraid of the world (Aronofsky evokes this wonderfully with his filmography).
Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), director of the ballet company, relentlessly pursues the perfect performance, showing no care for the psychological damage he does to his dancer, as well as pursuing his dancers sexually.
Over the course of the film, as a result of extreme pressures, Nina transforms into the dark, destructive, sexually mature, Black Swan. Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), director of the ballet company, relentlessly pursues the perfect performance, showing no care for the psychological damage he does to his dancer, as well as pursuing his dancers sexually. Thomas Leroy gets his performance.
This film is very artistically shot and directed, with wonderful performances, a fantastic script, and very tight editing. It is truly excellent.
worth a watchBy ktgz (1 review) , 14 Apr 2013It's a good film but I wasn't sure what the ending was all about? It's very different to a lot of films around today with the focus on physcology. Worth a watch!
An Abstract WonderBy a customer , 11 Apr 2013I believe this film was able to capture the elegance and brutality of ballet in a beautifully abstract way, the direction of the film was stunning and the acting was of a high standard (well done Natalie Portman) all in all a good film to watch, visually exciting not to mention talent that the film requires