Set against the abandoned beaches and weathered brick apartment buildings of Coney Island, Requiem for a Dream (2000) tells parallel stories that are linked by the relationship between the lonely, widowed Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) and her sweet but aimless son, Harry (Jared Leto).
The plump Sara, galvanized by the prospect of appearing on a TV game show, has started on a dangerous diet regimen to beautify herself for a national audience. Meanwhile, Harry and his new girlfriend Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly) have slowly begun to reveal themselves to one another, with each looking to the other to redeem years of isolation and pain.
Their love forms an artificial refuge that lets them shut out the real world, and they lie quietly on Marion’s floor, spinning outsized dreams of future bliss. After Harry and his best friend Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans) successfully launch themselves as drug dealers, the three young people begin to feel all but invincible.
Lulled by early victories, Sara, Harry, Marion and Tyrone convince themselves that unforeseen setbacks are merely temporary. Gaunt and increasingly disoriented, Sara barricades herself inside her apartment, where she is besieged by hallucinations. Clinging tenaciously to misbegotten hopes, Harry and Marion let go of one another, betraying their love. Lost and beyond help, four human beings plunge deeper into delusion and desperation until finally their dreams have become nightmares. – Excerpted from Culture.com
Words From Me:
Forewarning: this movie was not my choice and is not really my cup of tea. I got hooked up to watching it because it was a friend’s choice and well… I guess I was curious enough to check it out due to the reviews I’ve been hearing around.
Requiem For a Dream is a mind fuck film which explains the life of a junky, a dealer and an unaware user.
It was so intricately done with parallel captures within the film that I couldn’t help but keep watching. At some point within the show I got distracted due to my phone beeping up beside me, but nonetheless the movie seeped me back through its scenes.
It saddens me to understand the way of a druggie’s lifestyle. The things they give up, the morals they disregard and lies they tell just to score some high. This film was all about that. The characters made their own choices followed up by going through different situations but all of them ended up in misery.
The cinematography had that indie-ish feel to it, since they have been filming most of the scenes in a closed space. There were times when open spaces were shot as well and those really had nice perspectives. The characters weren’t really that complex since you know where they are heading to, but the portrayal of each actors into the character was really something. There was this certain pull into each of the their lives because of the acting.
My most favorite part of the movie (this may seem weird) was the scene they insert just right after one of the main characters take the drugs. The scene consists of the pill/drug on hand, water in a glass, the sound effects of water chugging down with a flash of something white, a close up video of the eyes reacting: dilation of the pupil, then comes in the characters response to the drug. I have this thought that they actually wanted to emphasize on this, that’s why they made it really catchy.
All in all this film gave me the satisfaction of having seen the life of a druggie. I won’t be watching this again by choice but will be recommending it for those who are into watching films about drugs and it’s works.