The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. Sara Goldfarb Ellen Burstyn is a retired widow, living in a small apartment. She spends most of her time watching TV, especially a particular self-help show. She has delusions of rising above her current dull existence by being a guest on that show. Her son, Harry Jared Leto is a junkie but along with his friend Tyrone Marlon Wayans has visions of making it big by becoming a drug dealer. Harry's girlfriend Marion Jennifer Connelly could be fashion designer or artist but is swept along in Harry's drug-centric world. Meanwhile Sara has developed an addiction of her own. She desperately wants to lose weight and so goes on a crash course involving popping pills, pills which turn out to be very addictive and harmful to her mental state. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked.
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Posted on Friday, February 17th, by Peter Sciretta. Outrage, being offended, taking up small arms in the form of pen, pencil or keyboard to express raging passion about a topic that has displeased me? The way the story ended stood into sharp contrast to the way it started, and I believe it earned every moment you see on the screen. The moments in this film range from the most physically vulnerable two people can share to the most savage. Worse yet, it was the interminably long scene that showed Bellucci being brutally raped by a stranger that was so affecting. In and of itself, it was actors on a set, but what made this so different was how we linger as it happens. Up until the last few moments of the film, the story is a somewhat unconventional revenge thriller with a quirky romance. But in his final confrontation, when you very slowly learn that Oh Daesu played by Choi Min-Sik has in fact unknowingly had sex with his daughter, the movie goes into overdrive. I wanted to crawl out of my skin.
They are beautiful; the landscape is beautiful; and, their love is beautiful. But this romantic and idyllic narrative will soon be interrupted. These street highs include snorting and fixing heroin as well as smoking marijuana. The film also depicts the so-called licit highs of Sara Goldfarb from her addiction to diet pills, but this paper focuses on the street highs, the interruptions to life that move Harry, Tyrone, and Marion through metaphoric confrontations with their own demons, and that ultimately transform from interludes in life to the primary focus of their lives. By the end of the film, the three Requiem characters addicted to street highs will have transformed from active—walking, talking, loving, and scheming--beings to limp and vulnerable forms of flesh in fetal positions. Scholar Paul Eisenstein explains:. When hip-hop montage is utilized, the viewer is not passively receiving the narrative. The images are striking and beautiful, unique in content to the tragedy of heroin use, unique in form to the art of filmmaking. Aronofsky, however, is up to something much more gripping with his up-close depictions of heroin use and his interruptive structure. By doing so, he is luring viewers into an age-old aesthetic argument regarding the history and philosophy of whether ugliness or horror can be presented as beautiful in art.