requiem for a dream

Astounding! Dark! I finally managed to watch this movie that I have heard about a lot.

The way the movie is stitched together is out of the world. It engrosses you while keeping you at a distance. Some frames do overwhelm you more than necessary. Some frames get a tad repetitive. On the whole, though, these imperfections lend a magical spell to the movie.

The cinematography stands out. True art.

On one level, the movie paints this soul-digging portrait of drug abuse and addiction. On another, it allows you the freedom to interpret the deeper meaning.

We talk so much about people addicted to drugs. We pity them, we hate them, we think of them as low-lifes, we cannot understand their need, we think they are cowards. Why? Why do we hold such opinions?

Aren't each one of us addicted to something or the other? Some of us are addicted to our work, some to the idea of luxury, some to the need for appreciation, some to the need to be. How are the drug users different? Of course, they are addicted to something that alters them but so is everything that we crave or want. Perhaps it will end up killing them or ruining them, but isn't that a choice that they have made.

Like the mother in the movie - wasn't her true addiction that of popularity and looking good. How did she end up dependent on her pills? It all started because she wanted to wear her pretty red dress and be on television. That would make her popular and as she puts it *liked*.

Of course, not all drug users turn addicts. Yet, most of us that can accept *occasional* drinking or smoking have a very different view about substance use. Why? How different are these habits? How different is a rare drink from a rare pill? How different is our need for luxury? How different is our craving for chocolates? How different our constant effort to get noticed? Such are the questions that the movie left in me. Nope, I don't have answers.

p.s: thanks sanchapanzo. your short, to-the-point movie reviews rock.

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4 comments:

  1. Nidhi & Balaji Says:

    whr did u get the movie from? cant find it at my local DVD place

  2. Nidhi & Balaji Says:

    can u share it?

  3. Deeps Says:

    One of the movies that hit me hard! I had seen Pi earlier and so wanted to see another work of Darren Aronofsky. God! "Requiem for a dream" was sad, then sadder and when I thought it couldn't be any more tragic, voila, it could!

    I was and am still in awe of Aronofsky. His movies are like a painting. There are so many images and it all depends on the viewer's interpretation. I later went on to see "The Fountain" too and was again impressed with the colours and the imagery :).

  4. sanchapanzo Says:

    merci dude..

    see if you can check out 'good night and good luck' and 'the dreamers'

    the dreamers - is totally unpretentious, it will make you question lots of things ..