Black Swan ★★★★★

Nina is chosen as the Swan Queen in a forthcoming production of Swan Lake, but can she embody the characteristics of the Black Swan as well as the White Swan before the new girl takes her place? Swapping low art (wrestling) for high art (ballet), Aronofsky’s psychological thriller shares a number of similarities with his previous film, again focusing on a career that requires participants to push their bodies to extremes, and also utilising the same hand-held documentary style to place the audience right in the centre of the drama. Mixing paranoia and body horror and boasting a career-best performance from Natalie Portman this is a striking film that arrives fully formed as a modern classic. It was perfect.