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Requiem for a Dream

  • Dir: Darren Aronofsky

  • USA, 2000, English, 102mins, DCP

  • Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly

Flashes of visual wit in frantic editing, Aronofsky’s stylistic mania dives in the drug-blighted veins of four characters to evoke their euphoric highs and jittery delirium. Yearning for an appearance on her favourite TV game show, an elderly widow is drawn into psychosis by solitude and irresponsibly prescribed diet pills, while her junkie son and his two friends succumb to heroin for electrified sensory charge and quick money. Threatening to overwhelm viewers with notoriously grotesque of an intimidating refrigerator, a suppurating arm and stag party gang-gropes that gradually dis/reconnect the characters with reality, the dismal realisation of nightmarish hallucination and its destructive consequences chants a requiem for the great American dream in vain.

 

Academy Awards: Best Actress nomination

Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress nomination

 

28/8 (Tue): Film talk with Fung Ka-ming

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