Sometimes, all you want is a good cry. And when you do, sad books, music, and most importantly, movies, really come in clutch to get the tears flowing.
But one of the most disturbing and heartbreaking films of all time has the internet in a spin this week – in spite of the fact it came out over twenty years ago!
Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 drama and psychological thriller based on a book of the same name from 1978, by Hubert Selby Jr. Selby Jr actually collaborated with Darren Aronofsky on the script of the film.
The plot is all based around four different characters and their struggles with drugs. Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher McDonald and Marlon Wayans star.
As the addictions of the 4 leads progress, the atmosphere of the movie deteriorates, depicting just how much drugs have impacted their mental and physical health.
This all builds to an absolutely heartbreaking conclusion which has to be seen to be believed.
The movie was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, too.
Critic Eugene Novikov wrote in his review: “Never have we been taken this close to the edge and never have the characters teetering over it elicited so much sympathy. Requiem is difficult to watch but it richly rewards those who stay with it.”
The reason this ’00s movie is back in the public consciousness this week is all thanks to Twitter! Uberfacts started the conversation by asking its 13.6 million followers for a movie they’d found “genuinely traumatic,” and Requiem for a Dream quickly rose to the top of the list.
One fan wrote: “I still shudder when I hear Requiem for a Dream.”
“I found this s*** traumatic even before I started doing drugs,” another concurred.
A third offered: “This is the first movie that comes to mind for me. I saw it once about 20 years ago and it was enough for a lifetime.”
“I was literally scrolling comments looking for this one. I don’t know how many times I watched it but it f***ed me up a little worse each time,” penned a fourth.
Following the success of Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky has gone on the make some of the best, most heartwrenching, and darkest movies of the past couple of decades. He’s responsible for Black Swan, Mother!, and The Whale.
But it’s Requiem for a Dream that still manages to stand out as his most disturbing and traumatising work. Have you ever watched it? And are you feeling tempted now?