When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a retired widow, living in a small apartment. She spends most of her time watching TV, especially a particular self-help show. She has delusions of rising above her current dull existence by being a guest on that show. Her son, Harry (Jared Leto) is a junkie but along with his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) has visions of making it big by becoming a drug dealer. Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) could be fashion designer or artist but is swept along in Harry's drug-centric world. Meanwhile Sara has developed an addiction of her own. She desperately wants to lose weight and so goes on a crash course involving popping pills, pills which turn out to be very addictive and harmful to her mental state. Written by
(At around 2 minutes) In the opening scene, the sounds of a string quartet can be heard tuning up for a performance in the soundtrack. Just before the title rolls down, you hear a conductor tap on his music stand to ready the quartet for a performance. The people tuning up are the Kronos Quartet, who played most of the music for the film. The maestro bringing them to attention is Darren Aronofsky, the director. See more »
(At around 6 minutes) After Harry does some scratching and freezes the music after it resumes he is seen lifting the pickup back in it's resting position, but the music continues. See more »
[about her pills]
Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, orange in the evening.
There's my three meals, Mr. Smartypants.
[back to pills]
And green at night. Just like that. One, two, three, four.
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Ending Credits look like a syringe while scrolling. See more »
Bugs' Got a Devilish Grin Conga
Performed by The Moonrats
Marcel Reginatto - Saxophone, Vocals Brian Emrich - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Oscar Oñoz - Trumpet, Vocals
Theodore Birkey - Keyboards, Vocals Tico Torres (as Hector Torres) - Percussion, Vocals Darren Aronofsky - Vocals
Engineered, Programmed and Mixed by James Murphy for DFA at Plantain Recording House NYC See more »
You will not so much as want to take a sip of wine after watching this
mesmerizing film about the horrors of drug addiction. I was not a fan of
director Darren Aronofsky's debut film "Pi," but with this movie he proves
to be a filmmaker of unlimited vision and style. Four characters in
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn are all driven to despair due to their drug abuse,
the saddest being Ellen Burstyn as a nice Jewish widow who unwittingly
becomes addicted to prescription diet pills that help her lose weight but
drag her into a world of hallucinations and paranoia. Burstyn is superb.
It is so refreshing to see such a great veteran like her in such a
challenging leading role, one in which she goes through a hell worse than
that in "The Exorcist."
But this is a director's film if there ever was one. Aronofsky knows how
tell a story in a way that is dazzling in its use of sound, editing, and
cinematography. The score by the Kronos Quartet and Clint Mansell is the
most striking movie music I have heard in a very long time.
"Requiem for a Dream" is not a movie for everyone. It is the essence of
independent filmmaking, a daring, engrossing, artful film that stays with
you long after you leave the theater. Hollywood bubblegum this
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