Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis' lesbian scene made ballet flick Black Swan the most complained about film of last year. The erotic thriller, which is rated a 15 in the UK, received 40 complaints from audiences - mostly because of its racy sexual content. The British Board Of Film Classification has revealed that some viewers "had expected to see a film about ballet" and were upset by what they considered "pornographic" content. A report by the BBFC said: "While the scene is visually discreet, narratively justified and within the 15 guidelines criteria, some correspondents felt it was pornographic in nature. But 40 complaints is actually quite a low number - this year's release The Woman In Black has already received around objections to its 12A rating.
Lesbian sex scene in ballet thriller Black Swan makes it film with most complaints
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Ballet thriller Black Swan, rated 15 in the UK, received more complaints to the British Board of Film Classification than any other movie in , it has been revealed. But it also revealed that the number of complaints was far fewer than the generated by horror The Woman In Black this year because of its 12A rating. The report was released as the BBFC announced it had commissioned major research into public perceptions of sexual violence in films - the first for ten years. Sign in Hi, Sign out.
British cinema goers were left hot under the collar over a lesbian sex scene in ballet thriller Black Swan last year, swapping their tutus for tuts as the film drew the most complaints of The certification body added it was to commission new research into sexual violence in movies and revealed its desire to take a tougher stance on content that is exempt from classification such as music videos and documentaries. The film was met with huge critical acclaim and secured star Natalie Portman the Oscar for best actress. We felt Black Swan was in the boundary of a sex scene for a 15 rated film.
The organization received a total of 40 complaints about the film, for which Portman nabbed an Oscar , with most viewers objecting to the "pornographic" love scene between Nina Portman and fellow dancer Lily, played by Kunis. The report goes on to note, "The high number of complaints for 'Black Swan' demonstrates the disconnect that sometimes occurs between a viewer's expectations of a film and its actual content. Still, BBFC officials pointed out that not everyone's feathers were ruffled by the scene, and given the fact that 2. As The Hollywood Reporter pointed out , however, "Black Swan" complaints paled in number when compared to "The Woman In Black," which is 's most complained-about-movie so far.