Requiem for a Dream has become a classical drug film. I specifically remember the rawness of the characters. And the intriguing music. Requiem for a Dream is about different kinds of drug addiction. As a result, the characters are locked in a dream world of disillusionment and despair.
The original book dates from 1978 and was written by Hubert Selby Jr. The film was directed by Darren Aronofsky, and received many awards.
Drugs and addiction
The story is about the lives of different drug users. Mother and son, Sara and Harry Goldfarb, are the main characters. Harry (Jared Leto) is an avid user of heroin. He fills his days with girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and buddy Tyrone, with making money to finance their addictions.
Mothers on Drugs
Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a lonely widow. She fills her days mostly with television. Son Harry is getting along to her to pawn her TV to buy drugs. Which she is constantly buying back. One day she gets a phonecall of someone from a TV program. She is selected as a candidate in a broadcast to appear. She wants to lose weight to fit into the dress that her deceased husband found so beautiful. A doctor prescribes speed for slimming. She loses weight and becomes addicted.
Meanwhile, Harry and Tyrone are dealing drugs to get money. They get arrested for drug possession. Marion is just trying to kick the habit, but that’s very hard for her. Eventually, she ends up on a wild sex party. One of the most confronting scenes of the film.
The film is accompanied by intense classical music composed by Clint Mansell. The soundtrack was performed by The Kronos Quartet with two violinists, a violist and a cellist. Mansell also made the soundtracks of π and The Fountain, the two other films by Aronofsky.