The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
“Requiem for a Dream” is a 2000 psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr. The film features an ensemble cast, including Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans.
The film depicts the lives of four individuals who are all struggling with addiction: Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) and his girlfriend Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly) are heroin addicts, Harry’s best friend Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans) is a cocaine addict, and Harry’s mother Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is addicted to diet pills. The film shows how their addictions take a toll on their lives, and how they gradually spiral out of control.
The film received critical acclaim for its direction, cinematography, and performances, particularly Ellen Burstyn’s portrayal of Sara Goldfarb. However, the film’s graphic depiction of drug use and its dark themes have also been the subject of controversy.