Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable movie. Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a lonely widow who spends most of her time watching infomercials. When she is chosen to appear on a game show, she tries on her old red dress and realizes it is too small. She begins a grapefruit diet to lose weight, but is constantly hungry and decides to purchase diet pills. She becomes addicted to them and starts having hallucinations. Her son Harry (Jared Leto) is a heroin addict involved in the drug trade, and he steals his mother’s belongings to sell at a local pawn shop.

The film is based on the 1978 novel written by Hubert Selby. It was originally rated NC-17 by the MPAA. The soundtrack has been used in various forms in trailers for other films.

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