Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky
Actors: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Russell, Marcia Jean Cole Z / Janet Sarno / Suzanne Shepherd / Charlotte Aronofsky / Mark Margolis / Michael Kacek / Jack O’Connell / Scott Franklin / Abraham Aronofsky / Olga Meredith / Ben Shenkman / Keith David / Dylan Baker / Sean O’Hagan / Bill Bull / Jimmy Ray Wick Stanley B. Herman/…
Genre: Drama / Humanity
Region: United States
Release: 2000-05-14 (Cannes Film Festival) / 2000-12-15 (USA)
Length: 102 minutes
Also known as: Elegy for Nightmare (Taiwan) / Addiction (Hong Kong) / Elegy for Dreams
Rating: IMDB 8.3 / Rotten Tomatoes 78%
Harry (Jennifer Leto) and Marianne (Jennifer Connery) love each other , Dreaming of opening a clothing store, dreaming of a better tomorrow. However, they are all inseparable from drugs, and they want to make the first pot of gold by selling drugs. Harry’s mother is a complete TV fan, and her biggest dream is to be on TV, so she swallowed diet pills regardless of her age. Due to the drug content in the medicine, she gradually became addicted. Harry’s friend Dillon ( Marlon Waynes ) is also an addict, and joins the underworld in order to make a lot of money. For their dreams, they worked hard, but they got stuck in drugs step by step and couldn’t extricate themselves. Harry’s arm was cut off due to drug injection infection; Marianne sold her body and self-esteem for drugs; Harry’s mother was eventually put into a mental hospital and tortured; Dillon was jailed. When the vision becomes blurred and the dream is calling in the distance, what kind of posture should the lost person take to soothe his soul.
“Requiem for a Dream” is a psychological drama film released in 2000, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr.
The movie tells the story of four individuals whose lives are intertwined by their drug addiction. Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans), and Harry’s mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn) are all chasing their own dreams and desires, but their drug use slowly destroys them.
The film is known for its intense and visceral portrayal of addiction and its consequences, including physical and emotional degradation, hallucinations, and loss of identity. The use of fast-paced editing, extreme close-ups, and other stylistic techniques create a frenzied and chaotic atmosphere that reflects the characters’ mental states.
Ellen Burstyn’s performance as Sara, an elderly widow who becomes addicted to prescription pills, is particularly praised. Her portrayal of the character’s descent into madness is raw and heartbreaking, and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
“Requiem for a Dream” is a thought-provoking and haunting film that offers a stark warning about the dangers of addiction and the importance of seeking help before it’s too late.