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Natalie Portman: 'Black Swan' Opens to Rave Reviews

black-swan-natalie-portmanNatalie Portman stars in Black Swan, which opens today and the film is getting rave reviews!  Black Swan is the story of Nina (Natalie Portman) a dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis).  The film also stars Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder–who we haven’t seen on the big screen since the Star Trek remake!

Portman’s character 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 retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. 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 (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 with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Check out the website for Black Swan to find out more. This flick looks awesome–what do you think?  I think this movie has “girls night out” written ALL over it!

Photos: Fox Searchlight/Black Swan

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