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As aspiring New York ballerina Nina, Natalie Portman explores her dark side after an opportunity to play the lead in Swan Lake plunges her into the story's love rivalry between the elegant and innocent White Swan and the sensuous and devious Black Swan. In Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) focuses on backstage drama as he mirrors the classic ballet's tragic elements. Nina suffers under a controlling mother (Barbara Hershey), is pushed by a demanding director (Vincent Cassel) and is enticed by a rival dancer (Mila Kunis). Opens Friday at Canal Place.