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Black SwanThe 2010 Venice Film Festival runs from Sept. 1-11, 2010. Keep checking this thread for the latest news, reviews and updates from the festival ...

The 67th annual Venice Film Festival kicked off last night with the highly anticipated premiere of Darren Aronofsky's ('The Wrestler') ballet drama 'Black Swan,' starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey.

In it, Portman plays Nina, a ballerina who is competing against a new dancer (Kunis) for the coveted lead role in 'Swan Lake.' But as their rivalry heats up, Nina, a perfect fit for the White Swan, must get in touch with her dark side to see whether she's capable of playing the Black Swan part as well.

This morning, IndieWire film critic Todd McCarthy posted the first review of 'Black Swan,' in which he compared it to Michael Powell's 1948 classic 'The Red Shoes' -- on acid. Black SwanThe 2010 Venice Film Festival runs from Sept. 1-11, 2010. Keep checking this thread for the latest news, reviews and updates from the festival ...

The 67th annual Venice Film Festival kicked off last night with the highly anticipated premiere of Darren Aronofsky's ('The Wrestler') ballet drama 'Black Swan,' starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey.

In it, Portman plays Nina, a ballerina who is competing against a new dancer (Kunis) for the coveted lead role in 'Swan Lake.' But as their rivalry heats up, Nina, a perfect fit for the White Swan, must get in touch with her dark side to see whether she's capable of playing the Black Swan part as well.

This morning, IndieWire film critic Todd McCarthy posted the first review of 'Black Swan,' in which he compared it to Michael Powell's 1948 classic 'The Red Shoes' -- on acid.

"With Natalie Portman, in the demanding leading role, equaling her director in unquestioned commitment, the central issue for the viewer is how far one is willing to follow the film down the road to oblivion for art's sake," he wrote.

McCarthy goes on to praise the technical aspects of the film, but reserves judgment for its overwrought script and Nina's "insufferable mother character," played by Hershey.