Black Swan (2010) quotes

Director
Darren Aronofsky.

Cast
Natalie Portman.
Mila Kunis.
Vincent Cassel.

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

The only person standing in your way is you.
– Thomas Leroy

I had the craziest dream last night. I was dancing the White Swan.
– Nina Sayers

I came to ask for the part.
– Nina
The truth is when I look at you all I see is the white swan. Yes you’re beautiful, fearful, and fragile. Ideal casting. But the black swan? It’s a hard fucking job to dance both.
– Thomas Leroy
I can dance the black swan, too.
– Nina
Really? In four years every time you dance I see you obsessed getting each and every move perfectly right but I never see you lose yourself. Ever! All that discipline for what?
– Thomas Leroy
I just want to be perfect.
– Nina
What?
– Thomas Leroy
I want to be perfect.
– Nina
Perfection is not just about control. It’s also about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can surprise the audience. Transcendence! Very few have it in them.
– Thomas Leroy
I think I do have it in me.
– Nina

He picked me, mommy! I’m the new swan queen!
– Nina

We all know the story. Virginal girl, pure and sweet, trapped in the body of a swan. She desires freedom but only true love can break the spell. Her wish is nearly granted in the form of a prince, but before he can declare his love her lustful twin, the black swan, tricks and seduces him. Devastated the white swan leaps of a cliff killing herself and, in death, finds freedom.
– Thomas Leroy

What happened to my sweet girl?
– Erica
She’s gone!
– Nina

It’s about a girl who gets turned into a swan and she needs love to break the spell, but her prince falls for the wrong girl so she kills herself.
– Nina

It’s my turn to be the Black Swan!
– Nina

Nina, what did you do?
– Thomas Leroy
I felt it. Perfect. It was perfect.
– Nina

It’s my turn!
– Nina

I just want to be perfect.
– Nina

Honestly, would you fuck that girl?
– Thomas Leroy

Hey! You were amazing. Seriously, I know that things got all messed up between us. I mean, holy shit you completely blew me away!
– Lily

This is your moment, Nina. Don’t let it go.
– Thomas Leroy

You could be brilliant, but you’re a coward.
– Thomas Leroy
I’m sorry.
– Nina
Now stop saying that! That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Stop being so fucking weak!
– Thomas Leroy

She walked into the street and got hit by a car. And you know what? I’m almost sure she did it on purpose.
– Thomas Leroy
How do you know?
– Nina
Because everything Beth does comes from within. From some dark impulse. I guess that’s what makes her so thrilling to watch. So dangerous. Even perfect at times, but also so damn destructive.

Go get warmed up!
– Thomas Leroy
No it’s okay, I’m good!
– Lily

Beth! I’m so sorry to hear you’re leaving the company.
– Nina
What did you do to get this role? He always said you were such a frigid little girl. What did you do to change his mind? Did you suck his cock?
– Beth Macintyre
Not all of us have to.
– Nina
You fucking whore! You fucking little whore!
– Beth Macintyre
What happened?
– Nina

That was *me* seducing you, when it needs to be the other way around.
– Thomas Leroy