First things first, if you have never heard of or seen this movie, go watch it now. It will change your life. Here is the basics; There are four people, Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly) and Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans). Basically, Harry and Marion are together, Tyrone is their best friend and Sara is Harrys' mother. Got it? Good.
Now prepare yourself, if you are not familiar with addiction, you are now. This story goes through the lives of four people, each with varying addictions. Keep in mind that addiction isn't always about drugs. It starts to take over their lives and eventually, they all end up in various situations. (I'm trying really hard not to give anything away, but it's really hard to explain this movie without a back story.) You really have to see this film for yourself in order to truly feel and understand it. It is the most powerful movie I have ever seen. I laughed, screamed, cried my eyes out and even had to leave the room. This movie will make you feel emotions you never knew you had. If I had one word for this movie, it would be; Intense. There are scenes that you may wish you'd never seen, actions, words, lives taken by one thing they couldn't grasp: Self-control. (it's funny because I have those words tattooed on my wrist, for self-motivation.) Not like that matters, but anyways, I'm assuming you've watched this movie, if not, SPOILER ALERT.
Here are 10 facts about Requiem for a Dream you probably didn't know!
1. This film is based on a book by the same name. The author is Hubert Selby Jr. He describes his film as a "war." That, I feel anyone can agree with.
(If you would like a quick link to where to buy the book, here it is: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46945.Requiem_for_a_Dream)
2. In a scene where Harry and Sara are arguing, in the background you can hear an orchestra turning up. It starts out soft and gets louder the more they argue. This is because a 'requiem' is happening. A 'requiem' in a Roman Catholic Church means a mass for the repose of the souls of the dead. It also means a token of remembrance. But in this film, it means that people will do whatever they can to escape reality, no matter what it takes.
3. The novels' plot is set in Brooklyn but the film is set in Coney Island. This is because Selby grew up in Coney Island and wanted to incorporate some of his memories into the film.
4. The main drug in the movie is heroin. In the scenes where Harry, Marion and Tyrone are injecting, it shows their pupils dilating. This is a mistake because heroin actually constricts the pupils.
5. In a scene where Tyrone is making mashed potatoes in prison, the prison guard is actually Hubert Selby Jr. He is the novelist of the book this movie is based off of.
6. To prepare for this intense film, Jared Leto lost 25lbs and became friends with real Brooklyn 'junkies'. Darren Aronofsky (director) wanted him to truly understand addiction.
7. The only season not included in this movie is spring. Winter is the season where everything falls apart. This is because winter is already one of the most intense seasons of the year and it added a more doomed, dreary, dread feel. (the 3 D's).
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