Requiem for a Dream - Director's Cut
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The film focuses on a quartet of doomed souls, but it's Ellen Burstyn--in a raw and bravely triumphant performance--who most desperately embodies the downward spiral of drug abuse. As lonely widow Sara Goldfarb, she invests all of her dreams in an absurd self-help TV game show, jolting her bloodstream with diet pills and coffee while her son Harry (Jared Leto) shoots heroin with his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) and slumming girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly). They're careening toward madness at varying speeds, and Aronofsky tracks this gloomy process by endlessly repeating the imagery of their deadly routines. Tormented by her dietary regime, Sara even imagines a carnivorous refrigerator in one of the film's most memorable scenes. And yet... does any of this have a point? Is Aronofsky telling us anything that any sane person doesn't already know? Requiem for a Dream is a noteworthy film, but watching it twice would qualify as masochistic behavior. --Jeff Shannon
- "Making of" Documentary
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- Interviews with Ellen Burstyn and Hubert Selby Jr
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The plot concerns four addicts. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly play a young loving couple, Harry and Marion, who dabble in heroin and plan to make a big sale along with their friend Tyrone (Shawn Wayans) so they can be set for life and Marion can open up her own (legal) business. Unfortunately, their recreational drug use turns into day-to-day addiction, and things start to get ugly. REAL ugly. A couple shots even kind of give a whole new definition of the word 'ugly'. Ellen Burstyn plays Harry's mother Sarah, a lonely widow who wants to lose weight to fit into a red dress so she can appear on her favorite TV show. She starts out by being addicted to TV and candy, but has the bad luck to go to a doctor who gives her an RX for 'diet pills', that turn out to actually be the old-fashioned kind they gave to women in the 50s- speed.
I found her story thread the most memorable and heartbreaking. Sarah takes pills and starts losing weight, as well as suddenly becoming very energetic and chatty. Like any addictive drug, her happy blue pills stop working after prolonged use so she ups her dose more...and more...and things slowly start getting very weird and scary.Read more ›
Using creative film techniques, the director has managed to bring the audience right into the mental states of the addicts. There are extreme close-ups, slow-motion and fast-motion sequences and split screen effects. We go on the fantasy trip with the characters and then we crash with the reality. We watch the effects on them as their personalities change as well as their physical appearances. The result is chilling. The script calls for outstanding acting jobs and Ellen Burstyn's work is perhaps the finest of her long career. The other actors also shine in these very challenging performances. Jared Leto is more than just a handsome young actor; Jennifer Connely, who is almost too pretty for her harrowing role, is excellent; and Marlon Wayans, who we usually see in comedies, proves here that he handle a serious part. This is not a film for the squeamish. It is deeply disturbing and sad. But the discomfort is worth it for those who are willing to explore this underbelly of a perverse American dream. Recommended.
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Greatly overlooked! Jared Leto and Marlon Wayan's performances on this movie were beyond words to describe! D*mn I cried like a boy because of the movie's tragic plot.Published 6 days ago by Marjorie Arroyo
Where do I begin... first of all, I don't even know how I came across this film. Nobody I know knew about it, but somehow, somewhere, this film caught my eye. Read morePublished 7 days ago by flurry
Disturbing but real life. This movie follows several characters through their lives and drug addiction. Good movie, but definitely leaves you with a dose of reality at the end. Read morePublished 21 days ago by LindaC
I too received not 1 copy but another that was sent to replace 1st one & both of them play some kind of infomercial!!! No menu or movie its a ripoff!!!Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm really confused to be honest the case and the dvd look like the movie but when I put it in the did player to watch the only thing that comes up is a static-y ad for juice??Published 1 month ago by Karli
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I think if you showed this film to a 9th grade health class, you would be looking for a new job the next day.
Jul 28, 2013 by jerry young | See all 3 posts
|Why won't this movie play on my Samsung S300?||
Maybe a firmware update is needed for your player.
Sep 30, 2009 by Quentin Tarantino | See all 2 posts
|Does this dvd has spanish subtitles?||
My copy doesn't have any subtitles or dubbed languages. It is just English spoken.
Aug 26, 2014 by Carolina Rojas Leiva | See all 2 posts
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