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.
The story is basically about Nina (Natalie Portman), a character who desires perfection in her dream to be the ultimate ballerina. She desires it so much that this innocent woman is willing to work at exploring her sexuality and being seduced by her darker side, hence the title “Black Swan”. As she begins to explore her sexuality a few explicit scenes in the film are a result of this plot twist. Initially Lily is the character who seems to symbolize the dark side but Nina gives in to the artistic director’s suggestion which leads her down a dark path which could result in the loss of her life.
The film features the theme of being focused on your goal but unfortunately, this is an un-doing for Nina and becomes an obsession. Due to the sexual scenes and language in the film, not to mention the taking of pills which seem to be behind hallucinations, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this film.