One of my all time favourite films. After watching it again last night, it's made me realise just how utterly intense and dizzying this film is! It's such a tragic mind-bend and one of the saddest films I've ever seen. The final 30 minutes hit you like a ton of bricks. Clint Mansell's haunting score is nothing short of a masterpiece in itself and one of the best music written for film. Truly unlike anything out there, I'd really urge you to see it if you haven't.
The plot follows four characters, all with dreams and everything looking hopeful, until the heroin they take becomes uncontrollable and everything goes spiralling out of control in the most hypnotic manner. It's Ellen Burstyn's character (a mesmerising performance) that I find the most compelling, as she becomes addicted to diet pills in the hope of appearing on TV.
Heart-breaking and utterly draining. It's films like Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan (possibly my favourite of all time) that makes Darren Aronofsky my favourite director. I've yet to see Pi and didn't think too much of The Fountain, but Darren is one of the most visceral and intense directors around.
It stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans
"I'm going to be on television!"