Requiem For A Dream (2000)

DARREN ARONOFSKY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2000.  , Thousand Words, Sibling Productions, , Industry Entertainment, Bandeira Entertainment, Requiem for a Dream, Truth and Soul Pictures.  Screenplay by , Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr..  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2000.  Cannes Film Festival 2000.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  

Ellen Burstyn and Christopher McDonald in Requiem For A Dream. Burstyn was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.

Harrowing, uncompromising look at the world of drug addiction, Darren Aronofsky’s sophomore effort is a masterpiece of visual elegance and hard-edged style that surpasses his witty but self-conscious debut, Pi. Here the fast-paced cutting and frenetic energy do get wearing at times, but on the whole the psychotic carnival ride of images is so suited to the subject matter that it makes it all feel appropriate.  stars as a Long Island retiree whose life changes when she finds out from an anonymous phone call that she is going to be on a talk show. Feeling herself to be overweight, she starts taking dangerous diet pills that overtake her completely and send her down a terrifying spiral of addiction. Her son () is himself a junkie who gets high with his equally hooked girlfriend (). There’s no end to the trouble these three put themselves through to get the stuff they want, with Connelly an especially disturbing character who easily trades her body for the slightest chance of scoring. The film is completely off-putting to anyone with a weak stomach, but it is also compelling and admirable filmmaking with a terrific edge.

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