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Black Swan

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Cast
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau, Janet Montgomery, Sebastian Stan
Released
2010
3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
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Ballet dancer Nina tells director, said, "I want to be perfect." Compulsion? (0:21)

When Nina looks at a picture drawn by her mother she sees the eyes move. Illusion? (0:24)

Nina picks at her skin which then appears to heal magically. (0:32)

An inkblot picture hangs on the wall of Thomas's office. (0:36)

Thomas suggests to Nina that retiring dancer Beth has attempted to kill herself: "I'm almost sure she did it on purpose." (0:41)

Nina appears to hallucinate blood in the bathtub and excoriations on her back, and cuts her finger with scissors. (0:51)

Dancer Lily offers a white capsule to Nina. When Nina looks perplexed she asks, "You've never rolled?" Ecstasy? (1:00)

Nina watches Lily pour the contents of a capsule into a drink. (1:01)

Nina tells Andrew whom she has just met in a bar about Swan Lake, "... but a prince falls for the wrong girl, so she kills herself." (1:03)

Lily tells Nina, "Someone might be rolling." (1:04)

Nina tells Thomas, referring to Lily, "She's after me." (1:17)

Nina seems to see images in the mirror but do not reflect reality. As she watches Thomas he appears to turn into a monster. (1:19)

Beth stepped yourself in the face but Nina realizes she holds the bloody nail file. (1:22)

Nina experiences more illusions and hallucinations. She pulls an object suggestive of a feather out of her skin. (1:23)

Nina's mother, retired dancer Erica tells Nina, "You were scratching all night." (1:25)

When Nina looks at her bare feet she sees her toes grown together. (1:28)

Nina removes a glass shard from her abdomen and realizes that she has stabbed herself. (1:39)

Nina tells Thomas, "It was perfect." (1:42)

Erica may blame her pregnancy with Nina for ending her career. She expresses ambivalence toward her daughter by controlling, protecting and infantilizing her while promoting Nina's own career. Does their relationship exemplify lack of differentiation? Must Nina sacrifice her life to individuate? Would Nina qualify for a psychiatric diagnosis? Double bind on achievement?