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Requiem for a Dream

  • 2000
  • 102min
  • 78%
  • 8.3 / 10

The utopias of four ambitious people are smashed into pieces when their drug addictions go off the beaten track. This film depicts the physical and psychological struggles that plague people entangled in drugs.

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A Harvard University graduate who finished a film and social anthropology degree, Darren Aronofsky is well-renowned for portraying realities that society has long embattled with since time immemorial. The filmmaker and screenwriter’s career first dashed into the spotlight with his first movie called Pi or π. The film was well-received, so much that it even earned Aronofsky the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. The film also made a breakthrough in the internet world as the first movie to be available for download on the web. Aronofsky’s debut in the film industry was followed by Requiem for a Dream. Due to the success of his previous films, he was able to hire stars who have already established themselves in the entertainment world. The Brooklyn-born filmmaker once again beamed with pride as he won great acclaim for his directorial skills and earned another Best Director award. The film has catapulted the careers of its stars, particularly that of Ellen Burstyn, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Aronofsky also caught the praise of several advocates and catalysts of change for raising a very important subject matter.

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Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological tragedy film directed by Darren Aronofsky, who has directed other psychological films such as Pi (1998), Black Swan (2010), and Mother (2017). Its screenplay was written by Aronofsky based on Hubert Selby, Jr.’s 1978 novel of the same name. It stars Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans in the lead cast and shows an in-depth look into addiction and is psychological and physical effects.