Requiem for a Dream 2000

Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 film adaptation of the 1978 novel of the same name. The novel was written by Hubert Selby, the film adaptation was directed by Darren Aronofsky, and starred Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. The film depicts different forms of addiction, leading to the characters’ imprisonment in a dream world of delusion and reckless desperation that is subsequently overtaken and devastated by reality.

Plot: The film charts three seasons in the lives of mother and son Sara & Harry Goldfarb, Harry’s girlfriend Marion Silver, and Harry’s friend Tyrone C. Love. Each character is ultimately destroyed by addiction and self-delusion. The story begins in summer. Sara Goldfarb, an elderly widow living alone in her Brighton Beach apartment, spends her time watching infomercials on television. After a phone call announces that she will be invited to attend a live taping of a television show, she becomes obsessed with matching her appearance to a photograph from her son Harry’s graduation, her proudest moment. In order to fit into her old red dress, the favorite of her deceased husband, she begins taking a regimen of prescription weight-loss amphetamine pills throughout the day and a sedative at night. The pills alter her behavior, but she passionately insists that the chance to be on television has given her a reason to live. Over the fall, however, her invitation does not arrive, & she begins to up her dosage, causing nightmarish hallucinations.
* Ellen Burstyn – Sara Goldfarb
* Jared Leto – Harry Goldfarb
* Jennifer Connelly – Marion Silver
* Marlon Wayans – Tyrone C. Love
* Christopher McDonald – Tappy Tibbons
* Mark Margolis – Mr. Rabinowitz
* Louise Lasser – Ada
* Marcia Jean Kurtz – Rae
* Sean Gullette – Arnold the Shrink
* Keith David – Big Tim
* Ben Shenkman – Dr. Spencer
* Hubert Selby, Jr. – Laughing Guard

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