Director: Darren Aronofsky (USA – 2000)
Set amidst the deserted beaches and faded glory of Coney Island, Aronofsky’s shattering adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s novel, follows Brooklyn widow, Sarah Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), who, fuelled by the allure of game show contestantship, becomes addicted to slimming pills, whilst her son Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and his partner in petty crime, Tyrone (Marlon Wayans), envision sweet deals in the drug business, but get hooked in the process. Refusing to kick the habit, their dreams of happiness soon plummet into the abyss. Driven by a superb performance from Burstyn, ‘Requiem for a Dream’ boldly de-glamorises the effects of drug addiction and remains an authoritative and brutally honest cinematic experience.
Time Out (London) – Issue 1914 – 25th April 2007 – 84