A film as addictive as heroin itself with it's fast editing, split-screens, zooming, time shifts and experimental camera movements. It is a hard film to re-watch as it's depressing and hopeless atmosphere is done to perfection making one almost suicidal but the hopelessness of it all. Jennifer Connelly got a Best Actress Award at the Oscars Cermony the following year as a comfort prize for her acting here.
On the commentary Aronofsky proclaims that he should have punished Jennifer Connelly's character more, which I can't help but feel gives you something of the measure of the film and of the man. Thematically and narratively it's pretty risible. One minute our starry-eyed heroes are having a toke, the next they're shooting up heroin into their collapsed veins. But it looks so bloody striking. Irritatingly, a gut-punch.
In Requiem for a Dream, a simple truth about the dark and depraved side of humanity is told stunningly well. The camerawork, editing, score and performances all add up to create a hauntingly visceral experience. Some of the images, especially during the last five minutes, are downright shiver-inducing.
Need to watch this again. I loved this film so much that after I watched it the first time I didn't want to watch it again thinking it would lose its magic. That was 1 and a half years ago. -_- But the narrative if the mother was just so intense, the music was great.. going to watch again soon.
felt emotional towards the situations the characters were placed in, but found it hard to emotionally connect with the characters themselves. as a satoshi kon fan it was hard to bypass the blatant use of his directorial style and some parts were even quite anime-ish. still a decent movie though