Requiem for a Dream 2000

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Taking an unflinching - and harrowing - look at addiction, this film is a disturbing, visually captivating depiction of lost hope. The lives of four people are intertwined - heroin addicts Harry and Marion, Harry's mother who's addicted to TV and diet pills and his cohort, Tyrone, a hustler.

Starring:
Jared Leto,Ellen Burstyn
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Darren Aronofsky
Starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn
Supporting actors Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Louise Lasser, Christopher McDonald, Sean Gullette, Keith David
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2002
Format: DVD
I can honestly say this is the only film i have seen that had the power to change my thinking and outlook on life. Ever since i first saw it the characters, imagery and emotion of the piece have remained with me. Every aspect of this film is a triumph. Each of the four leading actors are stupendous and in my view both Connelly and especially Burstyn were robbed of oscars that were rightfully theirs.
There are many great films, but what separates the great from the truly great are those that are completely unique, as is this one. I purchased this dvd on a limb and unsure what to expect, but from the outset the picture showed me a new cinematic language in its montage imagery, pacing, editing and what is surely one of the most brutally moving scores ever composed.
Aside from these, the film is unique in its honesty. Yes it is supremely dark in its subject matter and climax and thank god for it. For too long Hollywood has felt the need to produce pleasant, hopeful comfort film and neglected from portraying what is in many cases the unpleasant reality of life for so many people. In the real world lives get messed up and they dont always get better, sometimes they stay messed up, and finally we have a director, writer and studio prepared to admit this. The result is a film that many will reject and despise, because it challenges the shell that protects us and our enclosed existence from the reality of what is all around us, but a film that ought to be experienced, and treasured by those who appreciate what makes a great film.
To see 'requiem for a dream' is draining, exhausting and exhilarating, but it is not depressing. Several times i have watched this picture and found myself strangely uplifted, a downbeat emotion that very few films have ever aroused in me.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Quintin W. A. Hyndman on 14 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
I was lent this movie by a friend who had watched it and recently bought it. As soon as I put it on I was absolutely at the mercy of this unflinching onslaught of a movie. It is brilliantly written, directed and acted. It wishes to hit home the dangers of drugs, both hard and even more socially acceptable ones. It did its job with visceral zeal and after the credits rolled, I felt completely wrung out emotionally. I think it is a fantastic film and one I never wish to see again. I don't need to, I got the message! Incidentally, my friend and I were talking about a list, published by some film institute, of great movies that you would only want to see once, and I said immediately that I bet Requiem was on it. He laughed and said it was around number 3 and actually come to mention it, he hadn't watched it once after buying it. Here endeth the lesson.
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Co-written by director Darren Aronofsky, and novelist Hubert Selby, Jr., and based upon Selby's own brilliant, harrowing novel of the same name Requiem for a Dream: A Novel, please note that both the book and the film are overwhelming, disturbing, and convincing about the world of drug-addiction (drugs both illegal and legal).

What makes it especially disturbing (and powerful; never exploitative), are the brilliant montage sequences that inter-play concurrently between the drama (trauma) of Burstyn's story, and the lives of her son (Jared Leto, and his co-accomplice drug-dealing/taking friend, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Connelly's drug-addicted personality, who gives in to sexual exploitation in exchange for drugs). I recommend it without reservation. However, if you feel you can't cope with the ugly, underbelly reality of drug-addiction, then I'd stay well-clear of this film.

There are three stand-out reasons to watch this film:

1. It has the most amazing, deservedly Oscar-winning performance for Best Actress, as performed by Ellen Burstyn and is truly one of the best performances ever in cinema, by an actor or actress. She is truly phenomenal as she portrays her character's devastating downward psychological spiral as a result of doctor-prescribed diet pills.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By juggertrout on 29 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My god. Where to start with this? Darren Aronofsky's follow up to indie hit Pi could be one of the most brilliant and emotional films ever. Aronofsky has managed to adapt Hubert Selby Jr's magnanimous novel to the big screen - and he's done a superb job of it.
The cast is amazing. Ellen Burstyn's TV addicted, speed taking mother was robbed of an Oscar by Julia Roberts' frumpy, irritating Erin Brokovich. She gives one of the most emotional performances you will ever see, her passionate monologue about what it's like to be old, and her paranoid acting makes you truly believe that acting is an art. Jared Leto, as her drug addicted son, also gives very worthy performance as does Jennifer Connely as his girlfriend. Marlon Wayans, too, delivers an amazing and serious performance that belies his slapstick comedy notoriety.
But this is a director's film; Aronofsky pulls out every directing trick in the book to make this a truly original experience. The shot of an overjoyed Sara Goldfarb as she runs out of her apartment and walks across the street with her old female friends as the camera swoons in front of them, creating a strangely eerie shot is one example. But it is the editing that shines, Aronofsky never leaves the viewer board with his unique style of hiphop montage editing and special effects.
The music in this film also shines, the classical score is wonderfully composed and highly dramatic in a film which demands it so heavily.
Although disturbing, this is a film that everyone should see, it is full of great acting, editing and truly memorable story.
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