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Bizarre black beauty: ... putting in ungodly rehearsal hours and ballet regimen to emerge as Nina, the frigid fr...

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is like ballet itself: Transcendent, exacting, excessive and indulgently unreal. And with the director going back to the virtuosity of 2000's Requiem For A Dream, one should expect nothing less. This psychosexual thriller is at once bizarre and brilliant - like All About Eve mixed with Mommie Dearest, and with a bit of Mulholland Drive thrown in. Sounds like an extravagant mess? Fortunately, Aronofsky's superhero skill in edgy tension build-up, and strong performances by Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey all keep this film on the verge of absurdity from flying off into hedonistic piffle. Portman dutifully earns her Best Actress Oscar nomination, putting in ungodly rehearsal hours and ballet regimen to emerge as Nina, the frigid fragile beauty of a ballerina whose driving desire, instilled in her by the ultimate stage mother (Hers...

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