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bleak is the word,
This review is from: Requiem for a Dream [DVD]  (DVD)
requiem for a dream is a bleak and harrowing film,i think those that have seen it all agree,while trainspotting dealt with drugs and destruction ut also has a comical side,requiem doesnt go down that road at all and in return is a far better film than trainspotting,in truth its one of the greats of all time.
The film features four main characters,sara played by ellen burstyn,her son in the movie,harry played by jared leto,his girlfriend marion,played by jennifer connelly and their friend tyrone played by marlon wayans.All four characters lives descend into madness due to an addiction,the character of sara is addicted to tv and is under the spell in a way of an advertisement that is repeated constantly about losing weight so when sara believes that she is to appear on a game show her mind is consumed with fitting into an old red dress,so she diets and when that doesnt work,visits a dodgy doctor who prescribes her with pills which may or may not be illegal and in time she becomes addicted and has delusions that lead her down a road she cant return from.
Meanwhile harry,marion and tyrone are all battling with heroin and life for them seems good at first,the film shows the joys of it at first and then spins it on its head until a very ugly finale where everyone is destroyed one way of another.
The films use of editing and camera work is key here,there are long tracking shots with the camera attached to the actors which give the film a messy feel and this works as the characters fall into madness and insanity,fanstasy is used as escapism but the reality returns and darkens,this is not a joyful movie,devoid of a happy ending and american smiles,this of course means that not everyone will appreciate but the performances,the soundtrack,the style of film making and the idea is second to few,stunning,needs to be seen,it will affect you.