Requiem for a Dream

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Requiem for a Dream
Refused a US censor's rating, this adaptation of Hubert Selby's 1978 novel is as visually experimental and thematically uncompromising as director Aronofsky's first feature Pi. A relentless sensory assault threatens to overwhelm the viewer, but the visceral images and frantic editing capture the euphoric 'highs' and repetitive rituals of drug blighted lives, while drawing clear parallels between the characters' different forms of addiction. Aronofsky interweaves the tales of four Coney Island residents, each desperate to escape a dull existence. Burstyn gives a fearless, heartbreaking performance as Sara Goldfarb, a widow who shrugs off lethargy when promised an appearance on her favourite TV game show; but an amphetamine-based crash diet slowly disconnects her from reality. Her junkie son Harry (Leto) dreams of becoming a bigtime dealer with his friend Tyrone (Wayans). With the profits, Harry plans to open a clothes shop, based on his girlfriend Marion's designs. Burnished camerawork and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself head Mansell's part-punchy, part-elegiac score reinforce and counterpoint the increasingly nightmarish visuals.

Release details

Rated: 18
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriter: Hubert Selby Jr, Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Marlon Wayans
Ellen Burstyn
Hubert Selby Jr
Jared Leto
Christopher McDonald
Jennifer Connelly
Louise Lasser

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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I really liked this film. I really disliked this film. They say about good art; it invokes strong feelings.

I found the story preachy and two dimensional. There was no suspense and you will foresee the end, before you are five minutes into the film. It made me think of the 1930's movie "Reefer Madness" or the 1970's "Go Ask Alice" - but remade for the 21st Century. is very well made. The acting, writing, direction and soundtrack are all very good. 

Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for her part in this and she is wonderful. Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans are very good too. All four characters are beautifully written and we genuinely care about what happens to them. The direction is clever, Darren Aaronofsky illustrates the circuits of addiction efficiently, so it is compelling to watch - even as you tell yourself that you shouldn't be watching.

Finally, the soundtrack is fantastic, Clint Mansell and The Brodsky Quartet, have created a hypnotic and immersive soundscape that fits perfectly with the mood of this film.

This is a great movie. I didn't enjoy it. I don't think it was made for enjoyment, but it is still good art.


Good movie, terrible ending. so sad and depressing. made me wanna go shoot up!


Good movie, terrible ending. so sad and depressing. made me wanna go shoot up!