Requiem for a Dream
A widow's growing dependence on amphetamines and a self-help television show parallels the struggles of her heroin-addicted son and his girlfriend and friend in Darren Aronofsky's bleak drama.
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- Darren Aronofsky
- DVD, Blu-ray and streaming
- 2001 Independent Spirit Awards®
- 2001 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- 2001 Academy Award®
- Best Actress nominee: Ellen Burstyn
URUnrated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary by director Darren Aronofsky; interviews with Ellen Burstyn and Herbert Selby Jr.; cast/crew bios; making-of documentary; production notes; TV spots; deleted scenes; theatrical trailer
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 7.1 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; audio commentary; making-of featurette; cast and crew interviews.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that drug abuse permeates this downbeat drama about people in seemingly hopeless descents. As a final descent into degradation one girl performs in a grotesque lesbian stage-sodomy act to continue getting her heroin -- the "edited version" only cuts out a few microseconds of this. Both versions of this film have enough language, explicit sex, violence, blood, and nudity (included female full-frontal) to merit an R. Both versions try with hypnotic imagery and music to capture both the allure and the insidious damage of intoxicants.
- Sexual Content
- Brief, full-frontal female nudity (in some versions). One character is sexually active with her therapist, her boyfriend, and her pusher. In the unrated version she ultimately descends into full-blown prostitution and performs degrading sex acts -- which aren't shown in clear detail, but you get the idea --- with other women before a live audience. Another couple seen naked having intercourse in profile.
- Shootings, some at close range. Jailhouse beatings. A violent fantasy about stabbing a character through the hand with a fork. One character's arm develops ghastly, oozing wounds from his IV drug-use needle injections. Another is strapped, force-fed, and electrocuted in a hellish medical environment.
- Frequent use of the F-word/MF-word, the S-word, "bitch," and "ass."
- Social Behavior
- Principal characters are all doomed addicts and drug users, and their ethnicity and circumstances seem to cut across all genders and ages -- it could happen to anyone, is the implicit message. Nobody here makes a move to save themselves either, though their personal goals are empowerment, not the inevitable self-destruction. Ironically, drug dealer-addict Harry disapproves (quite rightfully) his mother taking diet pills.
- One character's mad devotion to a TV game show is key to the plot, though the show is not real.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Heroin use, cigarette smoking, and abuse of diet pills (amphetamines) are the central subject. Quick, punchy editing, macrophotography, and rhythmic cuts try to convey the jittery exhilaration of the narcotics. It's hardly intended as a favorable portrayal, of course.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it