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#1010. Requiem for a Dream

  • Year: 2000
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Thousand Words, Protozoa, Artisan, 102m
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Producer: Eric Watson, Palmer West
  • Screenplay: Darren Aronofsky, Hubert Selby, Jr, from book by Hubert Selby, Jr.
  • Photography: Matthew Libatique
  • Music: Clint Mansell
  • Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
  • Oscar Noms: Best Actress

Abridged Book Description

Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to his acclaimed debut Pi (1998) is nothing short of remarkable. Requiem for a Dream follows four characters - Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), his mother (Ellen Burstyn), girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly), and best friend (Marlon Wayans) - through the nightmare world of drug addiction. Each has their own way of handling their addiction, and they all end up in different situations, but these addictions are all caused by the same thing, the failure of the American Dream. For Aronofsky, the Dream is dead and his film is a nightmarish mourning for its victims.