Requiem For A Dream

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(out of 5)


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.


USA, 2000

Directed by 

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

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000


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Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn as “Sara Goldfarb”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Ellen Burstyn)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Ellen Burstyn)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn)

National Board Of Review Award
Special Recognition, for excellence in filmmaking

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn)

Independent Spirit Awards
Best Female Lead (Ellen Burstyn)
Best Cinematography

Nominations
Best Feature
Best Supporting Female (Jennifer Connelly)
Best Director (Darren Aronofsky)

Toronto Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Performance, Female (Ellen Burstyn)

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn)

Nomination
Best Cinematography


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