Winona Ryder is a ballerina that is thought to be too old to be the lead dancer by the art director, played by Victor Cassel, of a New York City production of Swan Lake. Natalie Portman and Milla Kunis are the younger rivals that compete for the now open lead role that requires the ballerina to play both the White Swan and the Black Swan, and there can only be one star. The twist is, Portman is suited to be the White Swan and Kunis is a dead ringer for the Black Swan. Despite the fact that Portman and Kunis are rivals, the ballerinas find themselves in a strange friendship. Understandably, this causes a dilemma and Portman begins to explore the dark side of her psyche; but is it easier to slip over to the dark side than it is to embrace the light?
Black Swan (2010) – Can Natalie Portman embrace her dark side?
While making the round of film festivals, Black Swan has garnered much critical acclaim and quite a visceral reaction from viewers. With a December 3 release date, we won’t have long to wait to see Natalie Portman and Milla Kunis leaping and gliding across the ruthless stage of ballet.