Requiem for a Dream
Release Date: October 27, 2000
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By Brittany Reichel April 22, 2010
The traumatic dreams of four interconnected people are crushed when a drug addiction gets out of control. Every character seems to have an excuse for their addiction whether it be to lose weight, to start a business, to ‘make it big’, or just to make something of themselves. But with every high, there is always a crash and these four characters risk their lives for an ultimate high with an inevitable and life ending crash. What is an addiction? A text book definition would remind us that it is not only physical but emotional and a habitual sacrament of one’s own body. Many people suffer day to day from addictions and they all end the same way. In the beginning there is a definite line of control and it shows the beginning and end of what is ‘fun’ and what is ‘dangerous’. But this dependant boundary slowly starts to fade away as the system becomes immune to the increasing dosages. In short the original excuse for the addiction haunts the addict with disturbing images. The conclusion I draw from the movie Requiem for a dream are as follows; People who are weak enough to not have the feeling of success replace their loneliness and try to cope with a self medicating drug. Requiem means a song or hymn of mourning for the dead. This gives the impression that anyone who has an “unachievable” dream is in a sense already dead inside, and this sonnet is their ballad of despair. I would like to remind the reader that the song plays through the entire movie and it not only foreshadows but reminds us that this song is in fact a song for the dead by the mood that the tones and notes set for each movie scene. The movie tells a story from an omniscient point of view. The movie begins with the mother and son. He tries to take a television set from her to pawn it off for drugs. The mother, Sara Goldfarb, (Ellyn Burstyn) played in Exorcist is an old...
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