It is a fictional story and of course it's meant to show extreme events, but many people in the ballet world say the way it shows dancers and their lifestyle is ridiculous - it seems to portray them all as neurotic and obsessed with their weight, which is a huge exaggeration. But at the end of the day it's a film and it's meant to entertain - it's not a documentary.
Yes, it does. I was in that world, thankfully only for about 5 years, so I know what goes on there . And it is not a fictional story, it is based on fact .