TRIGGER WARNING: DRUGS AND DEATH
Imaginatively evoking the inner landscape of human beings that long to connect, to love and to feel loved. This film is a parable of happiness gloriously found and then tragically lost. "Requiem for a Dream" tells of a parallel of stories that are linked by a relationship between a mother obsessed with losing weight and her dangerous diet regimen and her "sweet but aimless son" with a drug addiction that is spread between his lover and friend.
The beauty of this film to me is the aspect of addiction. Though with most cases of addiction, it ends badly, however there’s just something different about the way that the characters in the movie show how they’re suffering with said addictions and what they do find a fix.
This movie does NOT hold back and punches hard. It’s extremely graphic and too real.
Heroin and other drugs play a MAJOR role in this movie. The consequences of the characters are real and harsh and the story that they tell make me feel as if I can easily just teleport into the scene and witness it with my own eyes. The cry for help throughout the time of this movie pains me because it does hit close to home, makes me want to tell these kids to think about their actions and how going after your vices can end badly. Seeing older people (the mother in this case) struggle or hurt in any way whether is be a movie or a TV Show or video hurts me too because I am a sensitive loser.
Though Harry (the son mentioned/main character) meant well with his good intentioned, yet illegal actions, he ends up in the worst spot possible for his situation and his loved ones not being able to help at all. His friends end up in similar situations and his mother ends up becoming sick.
On the surface, this film is mostly said to be about heroin. But I believe that “Requiem for a Dream” is truly about the broader themes of addiction and loneliness. The characters are all seeking ways to fill a void in their lives, and alter their realities to fit the dreams they’ve all made up for themselves in their head.
I recommend that those with a strong mind and stomach take the chance to watch this movie and share your own thoughts about it with me 🙂