Requiem for a Dream
Academy Award® Nominee
Sara Goldfarb is a lonely widow who is revitalized by the prospect of appearing on television as a game show contestant, while her son Harry, his girlfriend Marion, and his friend Tyrone have devised... View more >
drug use, sex, nudity, violence, profanity
Starring Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans... View more >
Oscar® Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn)
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The second time I saw this movie, I heard one someone in the lobby of the theater describe it as "all about sex and drugs. Great movie for a saturday night." And, I suppose, he was right. But if that's the level at which you enter "Requiem for a Dream," I'm very sorry - you're missing out.
This is a movie about self-destruction to an end. It is a work of art. Aronofsky (who also directed "Pi") is breathtakingly deliberate and effective in his use of color, music, and cinematography. (For those of you who saw "Pi" you'll see why he shot that film in black in white. Color is just as important as dialogue in both films - the presence of it, and the lack of it.)
This is a very powerful film. It was difficult enough to sit through the first time, and when I went back a second time it was even tougher. The film toys with you and pushes you around, it gives you victories and shows you that those victories are worse than the defeats. It is definatley not for the weak of heart, and I say that with the utmost sincerity.
But if you're up to the challenge - and this movie WILL challenge you - "Requiem for a Dream" is an absolute must-see.
This is a powerful movie about obession and how if affects four people who used it. This movie is harrowing, powerful and vary sad. "Dream" is about how people lived in such a eerie way, you have to feel sorry for them. For them, finding their purpose in life sometimes could be a nightmare.
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