Surreal psychological drama written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette)'s obsession with numbers is causing him migraines and his former teacher Sol (Mark Margolis) advises him to take a break from trying to discover patterns in the stock market. However, when Max's computer crashes after predicting a market collapse and spitting out a 216-digit number, Max initially dismisses it. That is, until the prediction comes true, and he realises that the number which he consigned to the trash could be the key he has been searching for.
Patterns exist everywhere: in nature, in science, in religion, in business. Max Cohen (played hauntingly by Sean Gullette) is a mathematician searching for these patterns in everything. Yet, he's not the only one, and everyone from Wall Street investors, looking to break the market, to Hasidic Jews, searching for the 216-digit number that reveals the true name of God, are trying to get their hands on Max. This dark, low-budget film was shot in black and white by director Darren Aronofsky. With eerie music
, voice-overs, and overt symbolism enhancing the somber mood, Aronofsky has created a disturbing look at the world. Max is deeply paranoid, holed up in his apartment with his computer Euclid, obsessively studying chaos theory. Blinding headaches and hallucinogenic visions only feed his paranoia as he attempts to remain aloof from the world, venturing out only to meet his mentor, Sol Robeson (Mark Margolis), who for some mysterious reason feels Max should take a break from his research. Pi
is complex--occasionally too
complex--but the psychological drama and the loose sci-fi elements make this a worthwhile, albeit consuming, watch. Pi
won the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. --Jenny Brown
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