I loved, loved, loved The Wrestler. It was my favorite movie of the year. I tend to really like all of Aranofsky’s movies, and based on the trailer below for the upcoming “Black Swan,” (Opens December 1) I think I can already say with some certainty that it will not fail to impress.
It is probably also good to note here that I loved, loved, loved Crazy Heart. While NOT directed by Aronofsky, both films WERE released by the excellent Fox Searchlight Pictures. They release great films. Period.
Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Portman), 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 trailer here and let me know your thoughts!