Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.In Coney Island, Brooklyn, Sarah Goldfarb, a lonely widow, wants nothing more than to lose weight and appear on a television game show. She becomes addicted to diet pills in her obsessive quest, while her junkie son, Harry, along with his girlfriend, Marion, and his best friend, Tyrone, have devised an illicit shortcut to wealth and leisure by scoring a pound of uncut heroin. Entranced by the gleaming visions of their futures, these four convince themselves that unexpected setbacks are only temporary. Even as their lives slowly deteriorate around them, they cling to their delusions and become utterly consumed in the spiral of drugs and addiction, refusing to see that they have instead created their own worst nightmares.
Selbys place is in the front rank of American novelists. HIs work has the power, the intimacy with suffering and morality, the honesty and moral urgency of Doestoevskys. To understand Selbys work is to understand the anguish of America. - The New York Times Book Review
Requiem for a Dream (Analysis)
Before The Wrestler and Black Swan , before The Fountain and Noah, there was Requiem for a Dream , the harrowing heroin film that brought Darren Aronofsky to the attention of mainstream moviegoers in His first film, Pi , had been an underground hit. Financiers told the thenyear-old filmmaker that his next project could be anything he wanted. But when he sent the Requiem for a Dream screenplay around, no one called him back. The director was in college when he discovered Hubert Selby, Jr.
Requiem for a Dream is a American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and.
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The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr. The film depicts four characters affected by drug addiction. Their addictions cause them to become imprisoned in a world of delusion and reckless desperation. Once that delusional state is overtaken by reality, by the end of the film, they are left as hollow shells of their former selves. Requiem for a Dream was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival  and received positive reviews from critics upon its U. Burstyn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.