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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Following on from his critically adored debut Pi (1998), indie visionary Darren Aronofsky set out to make a film about the dangers of drug abuse and how they can plunge the innocent into the darkest of places. Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., this gritty drama concerns four people trapped by their addictions. This includes Harry (Jared Leto), Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) and Marion (Jennifer Connelly) three impoverished heroin addicts who are pushed to their limits to keep the high going.  Meanwhile, Harry’s mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn) unwittingly gets hooked on prescription amphetamines whilst trying to lose weight for an appearance on her favourite game show. The real sadness in this film comes from the four character’s desire to chase a better, more fruitful life than the one they’re living, but through their attempts to escape the darkness only get pulled down further.

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