Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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This film is like taking a trip into hell for an hour and fifty minutes. When you are done watching, you give thanks for not living in the shoes of any of the characters. Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream is a study of addiction, obsession and escapism. The subjective views of the four main characters struggling with their timeless reality is elevated with cinematographer Matthew Libatique’s techniques of montages, extreme close-ups, interesting camera movements and framing (i.e. mounting the camera on the character). I love how Aronofsky doesn’t focus on drugs and paraphernalia being used… it’s all about how it affects each of the four main characters, such as Harry pushing off in the taxi after visiting his mother. The character-focused storytelling and visuals are what really bring forth the previously stated themes with not only the effects of the drugs, but also television, hope, and love. Reqiuem for a Dream makes you realize that anything can become an addiction.

On a side note: Ellen Burstyn received an Oscar nomination for her performance as Sara Goldfarb.

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Posted on September 12, 2009 at 4:16pm

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