Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 intense psychological drama directed by Darren Aronofsky. Based on the 1978 novel by Hubert Selby Jr., the film delves into the harrowing world of addiction and its devastating effects. The story follows four characters - Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans), and his mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn) - each of whom becomes trapped in a vicious cycle of drug dependency and escalating despair. Sara's storyline, in particular, where she becomes addicted to diet pills in a misguided attempt to lose weight and rekindle her youth, is both poignant and disturbing. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. Shot in a hyper-kinetic style, Requiem for a Dream is an intense, visually arresting exploration of the tragic consequences of addiction.
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