During the club scene, Nina is talking to Lily about the issues she’s having with Thomas and Lily tells her that “you just need to let him lick your pussy.”
Quick female masturbation, and she is clothed. No nudity but the camera focuses on her panty-clad buttocks.


A few scenes of women changing. Some are shown in their underwear. In one scene a woman is only wearing panties, though she covers her breasts with her arms so there is no nudity.
Overall it is not that bad in terms of sexual content and there is only one sex scene. It is more violent and disturbing then inappropriately
One sex scene, two scenes of masturbation, and brief sexual dialogue.
Thomas forcefully kisses Nina and she bites his lip, stopping his assault.
Thomas asks Nina to “touch herself” as a homework assignment to get in touch with her darker, sexual side.
Thomas assaults Nina whilst dancing. He kisses her passionately as he rubs her breasts and crotch.


Nina is briefly seen wearing a bra.
Sexual relationships are hinted at between Beth and Thomas, and Beth asks Nina if she had to perform oral sex on Thomas to win the lead role.

Nina and Lily sit on the back seat of a taxi. Lily slowly moves her hand to Nina’s crotch and gently starts to rub it. Lily comes home with her and performs cunnilingus on Nina. This is later revealed to have been a hallucination.


A sex scene takes place between Nina and Lily. They kiss passionately and take off their clothes until Lily is in her bra and underwear while Nina only has her bra on. Lily lays Nina on her bed and performs oral sex on Nina until Nina climaxes. This scene last for a minute. No nudity.
Nina (most likely imagines) Lily and Thomas having sex backstage. We see him on top of her on a table, thrusting forward. We see Lily’s bra partially as she smiles at Nina. No nudity.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


1、 Imagery:

1. Color and clothing

The metaphor of color is the most commonly used and obvious.

White, pink: White Swan, Nina. Black: Black Swan, mother, lily, Beth. Gray: the only hero – Thomas, the artistic director of the dance troupe.

White: Nina’s pillow is black-and-white. In many waking looking down shots, her head is just placed in the center of the tangled black vine pattern; Her snow-white scarf is fluffy. It is not only a symbol of white swan feathers, but also like the soft velvet of young birds. (this fluffy dress symbolizes purity, which was also seen in single man not long ago: Kenny, the redeeming Angel played by Nicholas Holt, wears such a soft fluffy white sweater.)

Pink: Nina’s room is almost all decorated in pink; On the first morning of the opening, the breakfast brought by her mother was fruit cut in half. Nina whispered like a little girl: “pink, how beautiful!”

Nina’s mobile phone appears many times. You can see that when the word “Mom” appears on her mobile phone screen, the background color is pink.

When Nina curled up in the corridor to practice her arm movements, her scarf was light pink.

After she was selected as the “Swan Queen”, the fluffy scarf disappeared, which is the symbol of chick hair loss.

——However, when Nina was seduced by Thomas and thrown away, she sat in front of the mirror and cried. At that time, the fluffy scarf appeared again, which should mean that she was wandering and sad at this time, and returned to the state of shrinking chicks.

Gray: after her frequent illusions, the coat she wore when practicing dancing changed from white to gray; Her home clothes also became gray – gray penetrated Nina’s pink world.

In the bar, Lily gave Nina a black sexy vest. Nina put it over her white clothes. The night after taking the hallucinogenic drug, Nina’s sweater completely turned dark gray.

In Nina’s “white period”, her shoes were round, blunt, non aggressive and non ambitious gray cotton snow boots, in contrast to Lily’s gorgeous black leather boots.

2. Swan

Swan is a complex and strange image, which can represent purity, but it can also be the embodiment of flesh desire: Zeus, the God of the gods, was fascinated by the beauty of Rita, the wife of tindarius, king of Sparta, and became a swan and wild. Swan’s snow-white carcass, supple long neck, soft and smooth feathers and plump body can also be regarded as the ultimate combination of women’s sexual characteristics.

Another symbolic meaning of the swan is the poetic aesthetic embodiment of the artist. This meaning is used in Saint Sang’s death of the swan and the proverb “song of the swan”.

The image of swan is everywhere in this film. The music of Swan Lake throughout makes the whole film like a musical. In addition, there are Nina’s mobile phone ring tone, an eight tone box with the rhythm of Swan Lake and ballet villains, etc.

I think the most important Swan image appears when Nina is lying in the bathtub (the 50th minute). The viewer can see a small box on the right of the lens. The white swan is built on the box by means of color dot inlay. Accompanied by the swan, Nina masturbates in the bathtub – only her face with her eyes closed and moaning, and the figure of the swan. In fact, this is an image scene of the story of “Rita and the swan”. Nina even threw a charming look at the Swan figure! But in the end, Nina was awakened by the blood dripping into the water.

Many women in the film have the characteristics of black swan.

The first black swan, of course, is Lily.

The second black swan is Beth.

The third black swan is Nina’s “other self”.

It should be noted that the black swan is not a complete symbol of evil. It represents desire, struggle, no cowardice, and no concealment or suppression of all desires. The only principle of black swan is the pursuit of pleasure.

(in the 27th minute, a dance teacher in black taught Nina how to play the black swan. The camera stared at the old woman’s exposed shoulder blades for a long time. The butterfly bones slid astringently under the aging and wrinkled skin. This is an old swan that can no longer fly.)

3. Nails and scratches:

After Nina had a dream of being captured by the Dark Lord, she found a scar on her shoulder blade for the first time, and she dodged and covered it up, unwilling her mother to pay too much attention; Later, scratches appeared frequently; Her toenails were broken and bloody; At the dinner party where Thomas grandly launched the Swan queen, Nina found that there were blood marks on her fingernails. She hid in the bathroom and tried to peel off the skin separated from the nail groove. What made people feel terrible was that she tore off a long strip of bloody skin, but when she gasped and washed away the blood under the water, she found that the wound disappeared; Later, Nina’s mother took her to the bathroom and trimmed her nails with a gloomy face.

Nails are the weapon for the “black swan” to struggle out of its cocoon. The mother’s actions represent brutal “disarmament” and repression. Various appearances imply that another self in Nina’s body is more and more urgent to break out of the cocoon and get rid of this clean, serious and lifeless body.

From virgin to woman, there needs to be a ceremony of pain and bleeding. The ubiquitous blood stain symbolizes Nina’s gradual awakening of sexual consciousness and her spiritual leap from virgin to woman.

——Or Nina is not a virgin. She was forced by Thomas to answer the question. However, when he asked “do you like to be happy”, what showed on Nina’s face was not the remembrance of good things, but the hatred of having to recall ugly memories. If she had not experienced the pleasure of happiness, she would still be a virgin from a spiritual point of view.

Nina tried to masturbate in the bathtub. Note: masturbation requires the use of hands. Frightened by her face hanging on the water, she surfaced and found her fingers bleeding – that is, the hand used for masturbation. That is, to “comfort” her is the “black swan” in her heart.

When cutting nails in front of the bathroom mirror, Nina is trying to cut off her “nails”, and the evil smile in the mirror makes her cut and bleed her skin, which is the self that is eager to break her shell.

4. Lily:

Lily has a black tattoo on her shoulder blades. It looks like spreading wings and has the potential to open her teeth and claws. When she looks at it attentively, she can tell that the pattern is two flowers with open roots, symbolizing the combination of good and evil.

On the evening of Lily’s appearance, Nina bumped into herself in black and long hair for the first time on her way home. This is the first appearance of her subconscious “black swan”, suggesting that Nina actually admires the charming lily.

Lily takes Nina to the bar for fun. After returning from the bar, Nina’s most serious illusion appears.

Watching this video carefully, we can see that without waiting until the next morning, the director had already hinted that Lily did not exist: when Nina came in with a smile, her figure appeared in the multi-faceted mirror and was split into countless “Nina”, suggesting that she was in a split state at this time; The mother appeared and didn’t say hello to “lily” (the first time I saw it, I might be a mother who was dissatisfied with or deliberately ignored lily, but when I returned to see it, I knew that Nina was the only one who entered the door from beginning to end); There is a more obvious hint here (1 hour 06 minutes): Lily’s image flashed behind Nina’s figure in the mirror. She walked away quietly with a smile, which means that Lily was separated from Nina’s brain. Then Nina “pulled Lily” and ran back to her bedroom. When she shut her mother out of the door, she could clearly see the gray inlaid pink coat hanging on the door – Gray was already the main color, and pink retreated to the edge.

The mother shouted, “you’re not my Nina again!” Nina at this time is no longer the mother’s daughter. She belongs to herself and submits to desire.

When “lily” and Nina are gay, due to their unique posture, both the viewer and Nina can see Lily’s weird twisting shoulder blades and the tattoos on the shoulder blades: from the union flower to the vibrating wings – the black swan appears again.

At this time, two kinds of string music, the sinister Cello and the slender and sad violin, are intertwined. What sets Nina’s face off is no longer a pillow with black-and-white patterns, but an ambiguous and gorgeous meat powder red pillow, which is decorated with colored circular patterns to symbolize perfect intersection – light pink symbolizes a pure girl, and meat red is a symbol of flesh desire. The face of “lily” was always buried between Nina’s legs, but there was a tearing sound of “breaking the cocoon”. When Nina woke up from her orgasm, she found that the face of “lily” was herself.

It was the first time she saw herself in lily.

When Nina finished rehearsal on the last day, she found that Thomas and lily were happy in the dark corner of the stage. However, in a trance, the debauchery and happy face was her own, and the person who controlled herself was not Thomas, but the Dark Lord in the play. The friendship with Thomas is what Nina hopes for in her heart. Being ravaged by the Dark Lord is the materialization of her real spiritual status. It is worth noting that the background symphony of this section is mixed with a strange and avian “Ge Ge” sound, which should be the voice of Nina’s “black swan” eager to break out. When Nina was frightened and ran away, there was a sound of birds flapping their wings.

5. Mother:

Always dressed in black, the mother has a long face of abstinence, and her old hand is like a bird’s claw on her daughter’s Pink arm. She used to be a dancer of the company and still has contacts. She can master Nina’s behavior and performance in the company.

Mother’s hobby is to sit in her house and draw. She depicts her young face and Nina’s face – the woman in the portrait has a mole on her cheek.

It can be traced to her past: once brilliant, she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter and ruined her dance career because of indulging in love. Therefore, she believes that lust and sex are destructive and forces her daughter to stay ignorant in her teens. Have an abnormal desire for control and love for their daughter.

(Jelinek’s piano teacher also exaggerates this kind of abnormal mother daughter relationship.)

6. Nina and Thomas’s three paragraphs:

A can’t help waiting for his Nina outside Thomas. For the first time, he broke up the meticulous bun (BUN symbolizes abstinence and strict in demands), and is not accustomed to the red rouge plaster on the lips (the lipstick comes from Bess). At this time, her heart is contradictory: in order to get her dream, she has to plan to use the gender charm that has been ignored for a long time to make a last shot – in fact, she realizes that she is beautiful, but she always disdains to publicize and use it. This is still the psychology of some middle school girls when gender differences germinate: trying to tighten their swollen breasts and feel ashamed of their sexuality.

When she faced Thomas, it was like a child who made a mistake facing a teacher with her bad report card. Ready to cry at any time, Nina at this time is not even a “woman”. When she came to fight for the role, she was like asking the teacher for a make-up exam. She always murmured, “I can do it. I tried last night.” She is still afraid to show her most primitive weapon. When Thomas praised her for her “beauty and elegance”, Nina did not appear relieved and slightly happy on her face. Her eyes were even more anxious and hurriedly dodged away.

Under his coercion, Nina said the word “perfect” for the first time (most dancers are perfectionists, and the confusing “perfect” often makes them fall into a situation of obsession). Thomas pulled her delicate chin and kissed her fiercely. If the woman next to me, I’m afraid she’ll immediately have a sweet tongue and a good fortune. However, Nina, who doesn’t know anything, bit her boss. It can be said that Thomas has long made a decision to help Nina become a white swan. All the twists and turns are just the process of deliberately forging her. In other words, in Nina’s bite, Thomas saw that she was not cowardly or even cruel, so he believed that she was still a material to be made.

At some times, the behavior of grey Thomas will lead people to misunderstand that he is a boss who wants to make Nina unspoken rules. In fact, he is by no means dirty. He sees that the girl is like a rough diamond and hopes to sublimate her to a higher level through the polishing of love.

The charm of the highest form of all art is actually simulated pleasure. Therefore, artists who do not understand love and sex can never reach the highest level. They need to feel and appreciate the fragrance and sweetness of the fruits in the garden before they can simulate one or two on the stage, so as to lead the viewer into a similar wonderful environment.

B. After coming out of Thomas’s office, Nina sat in the corner (she always sat alone in the corner, which is the performance of a timid little girl) and severely tied up the distribution again, which means that she regretted her “debauchery” and had to quickly return to the shell that made her feel safe and clear of desire.

(in the 45th minute of the film, Nina broke up her hair bun when she practiced dancing for the first time. When she rotated, her long hair floated in a graceful curve in the air, implying that her inner style of “black swan” was first revealed.)

C. Thomas’s understanding is: dancers should exude sexual charm and make the audience fall in love with you.

He danced with Nina himself, skillfully wiped the woman’s sensitive place with his palm, and successfully aroused Nina’s madness. The background string music gradually strengthened, dangerous and full of temptation. The dark practice room was like the garden of Adam and Eve. Thomas repeatedly said “open your mouth”. Nina gradually moved, raised her hand and stroked Thomas’ head and neck, intertwined with his lips and tongue. This is the critical moment when her sexual consciousness is completely awakened.

(the man is so considerate. After Nina won a tsunami of applause, he whispered, “do you hear that? They love you.”)

D. On the night before the premiere, Nina cried to Thomas on the stairs. He looked up at her and saw the tears on her sad little face – he lifted her to a place where it was extremely cold.

7. Subway

The subway is a wonderful place. In the noisy, dark, narrow and crowded space, there are countless strangers who have to be close to each other. The glass doors and windows reflecting people in the dark, the shrill wind, and the carriage is like a huge iron box full of nightmares.

Nina painted lipstick for the first time in the reflection of the subway window.

Thomas once asked Nina’s male partner, “do you want to be happy with her?”—— At this time, Nina’s all asexual attraction. After Nina’s sexual awareness was awakened, an old man in the subway made obscene moves towards her. It is worth noting that there are many empty seats in the empty carriage – the subway scene has appeared many times, but this time the carriage is almost empty. The director hinted that Nina can change seats, but she didn’t show a strange look or change seats, She just turned away calmly – she didn’t hate it, and even secretly rejoiced that she had such a primitive attraction.

8. Sculpture:

After the banquet, Nina waited for Thomas in the hall. There was a strange statue in the heart of the hall. When Nina stares at the prison statue, the music plays gloomily to remind the viewer. The statue is like a demon in a nightmare, attracting ignorant girls to approach step by step: the facial features are blurred and painted pale, the arms are broken, only two wings are raised, the legs are tight, the body is upright in the crucifixion posture of Jesus, and the lower body has male sexuality.

The meaning of this sculpture: if you want wings, you must abandon your arms and wait for suffering.

——The male sexual characteristics of the lower body are ambiguous. Or metaphor “fit”?

9. BETH:

Nina was stolen from a out of order dressing room by Bess, and he took a lipstick. This means that she secretly expects to have the charm of women like Beth; Beth’s knife symbolizes her aggression – which is what the White Swan subconsciously expects.

What she worried about: Beth’s today is her tomorrow, losing her dancer’s legs and face. So in the illusion, I saw Beth / herself frantically inserting the knife into her face.

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