The Portrayal of OCD in 'Black Swan' Beyond its body horror and psychedelic visuals, the 2010 film tells a story of living with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Darren Aronofsky's 2010 film Black Swan is often discussed for its portrayal of mental illness, particularly psychosis and potentially schizophrenia.
Nina is a fascinating and nuanced portrayal of living with OCD in times of massive stress. It is not just about perfection, but about punishment and constant anxiety. While her mental health is sensationalized for shocking and dazzling visuals, the quieter moments of solitude highlight the truth of OCD presented in Black Swan.