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Requiem for a Dream is a graphic depiction of four drug-addicted individuals from Brooklyn, New York, and the things they do to cope with reality, their addiction, and each other. Released in 2000, the movie is an adaptation of a Hubert Selby’s book “Requiem for a Dream,” published in 1968. 1 Although the movie is widely renowned as a “drug movie,” 2 and grouped into the same genre as Trainspotting and Blow , the true emphasis in Requiem lies more in the realm of addiction. The viewer is strung along through the good times early in the movie, as the fiends feed their appetites and lead pleasing lives (at least for them). Later, as the movie progresses, the conflicts arise when the drugs get harder to score and dependency becomes increasingly evident in every action the main characters take. It is at this point the true theme of addiction arises. The main characters of the movie allow the viewer to see the phenomena that is drug addiction from a number (at least a couple) different views. The young man, Harry Goldfarb, played by Jared Leto, is a failed twenty-something high school graduate seeking only the next chance to score some heroin. The movie opens with a revealing scene in which Harry steals (“borrows”) his mother’s television in order to pawn it off and use the money for drugs. The viewer is led to believe this is a common occurrence, as Sara Goldfarb, Harry’s mother (played by Ellen Burstyn), knows exactly where to go to retrieve her television. Harry’s cohorts, his best friend Tyrone (played by Marlon Wayans) and his girlfriend Marion (played by Jennifer 1 Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 29, 2008, from 2 Safer Injecting. Retrieved April 29, 2008, from
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Connelly) serve to provide similar yet slightly altered views of the young heroin fiend deep in the drug scene. Sara Goldfarb’s story serves to widen the spectrum of the movie to the all encompassing theme of “addiction,” rather than merely drug use and drug culture. Sara is an aging widow with a strong addiction to television and junk food in the early stages of the movie, which eventually leads to heavy use and dependency on amphetamines. Sara is driven by the nostalgia of better times long passed, when she was not overweight, her son was successful, and her husband was
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