Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky, 2000, 100m
A powerful and beautifully crafted film about the hell of hard drugs. We see four addicts, an aging woman and three youth, rapidly sliding down a roller coaster. The only mercy shown is that all of them are alive at the end: the woman uncured of hallucinations even with ECT, and, among the youngsters, one in jail, another with an amputation, the teenage girl driven to prostitution.
Ebert: "...a travelogue of hell..."
To quote the director: "Requiem for a Dream is not about heroin or about drugs… The Harry-Tyrone-Marion story is a very traditional heroin story. But putting it side by side with the Sara story, we suddenly say, 'Oh, my God, what is a drug?' The idea that the same inner monologue goes through a person's head when they're trying to quit drugs, as with cigarettes, as when they're trying to not eat food so they can lose 20 pounds, was really fascinating to me. I thought it was an idea that we hadn't seen on film and I wanted to bring it up on the screen."


Anonymous said...

The movie is a devastating work with many dark, horrifying moments. This is hard to watch, but it bravely looks at one of the dark human conditions with no compromise as supported by its fearless performances, and it powerfully finds something human even when everyone finds himself at the bottom of each own hell/winter. "I love you, Harry." - "I love you too, Mom."

S. M. Rana said...

It certainly conveys the hold substances can have and no wonder so hard to shake off...even when love is at stake