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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R  |   |  Drama  |  15 December 2000 (USA)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions become stronger.

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Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in. It is shocking and eye-opening but demands to be seen by both addicts and non-addicts alike. Written by Jeff Mellinger <jmell@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Rated R for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Réquiem por un sueño  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$64,770 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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ESP 15,606,075 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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In an interview with Charlie Rose, Ellen Burstyn stated that in her opinion playing Sara Goldfarb was her best acting achievement. See more »

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(at around 1h 10 mins) Sara is in her apartment wearing her red dress, creeping around trying to avoid her refrigerator, popping her pills and watching herself appear all dressed up on Tappy's show. There is a pot on the stove and her vacuum cleaner in front of the stove. At different cuts in the same scenes, the stove is alternately clean or has pots and items on it, and the vacuum cleaner is there or missing, or changes position. (It is possible that some of these changes occur because Sara is hallucinating.) See more »

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Marion: Getting the money's not the problem Harry.
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Awful and Essential
25 November 2002 | by (Seattle USA) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to waste space with a synopsis, as every second or third review provides one. A good indication of a challenging and original film is the number of 1/10 and 10/10 reviews, where the 1/10 reviews consist of just a few lines. A pretty sure sign that those folks weren't able or willing to watch with an open mind. Which is a good sign for casual viewers to give this film a wide berth.

I wish everyone I care about would see Requiem for a Dream. Not because they will like it, or that it will teach them something they did not already know, but that it's a rare piece of work that will challenge and probably change them. It's a film that has never been made before, with nothing to compare to it - a rarity these days. I often find myself recommending films to people that I am unable to briefly describe. These are usually the most involving and affecting ones. I'd like my family to see this, but can't *recommend* it to them. I've recommended it to two friends, and they both had the same reaction: I am glad I watched it, but I doubt I'll be in the frame of mind to watch it again, knowing what you feel.

As I sat watching the credits roll, I began crying, but I'm still not sure why. Partly in reaction to the devastatingly tragic ending, partly the beauty (yes) of the film, partly my gratitude for good things in my life. I watched it again the same night with my girlfriend, not because I wanted to upset her, but I felt that I had to share it. After the credits rolled, we both were silent for a good ten minutes. I found that I had thoughts I wanted to express, but could find no words. This is one of the few films that are painful to experience, but I feel compelled to share with people I care about. Some others in that short list include The Thin Red Line, Happiness, River's Edge,and The Deer Hunter.

These films all share a quality that's difficult to name. No one likes feeling disturbed or shattered by a film, a work of art, a piece of music, but I feel experiencing these emotions and being asked to think, not just be entertained, is important now and then.

"Favorite" does not apply to this for me - this isn't about entertainment. One of the most devastating and beautiful experiences I've had watching a film. One of the top five films I've ever seen.


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