Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby, Jr., with whom Aronofsky wrote the screenplay. Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. The film was screened out of competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
During the summer in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, widow Sara Goldfarb Ellen Burstyn constantly watches television, particularly infomercials hosted by Tappy Tibbons Christopher McDonald. After receiving an unexpected phone call that she has won a spot to participate on a television game show, she becomes obsessed with regaining the youthful appearance she possesses in an old photograph from her son Harrys Jared Leto graduation many years earlier. To fit into her old red dress seen in the picture, the favorite one of her deceased husband Seymour, she goes on a crash diet. To reach her goal sooner, she goes to a doctor to discuss weight loss. The doctor gives her a prescription for weightloss amphetamine pills throughout the day and a sedative at night. Harry warns her about amphetamine dependence and risk of lifethreatening consequences, but she rebuffs him and insists that the chance to be on television has given her a reason to live. As the months go by, Saras tolerance for the pills adjust and as a result she is no longer able to feel the same high the pills once gave her. When her invitation has still not arrived, she wrongfully increases her dosage from double to triple and, as a result, begins to suffer from amphetamine psychosis. Soon, her delusions worsen and she is driven to the brink of madness when she suffers a hallucination that she appears on the game show as the principal subject while being attacked by her monstrous, anthropomorphized refrigerator.Meanwhile, Saras son Harry is young and has a promising and adventurous life with his girlfriend Marion Silver Jennifer Connelly and best friend Tyrone C. Love Marlon Wayans. He and his friends are all heroin addicts. Tyrone decides that to support themselves, they should enter the illegal drug trade around Coney Island. With the promised money, each addict hopes to achieve their dreams Harry wants to start his own business, Marion wants to open her own boutique of designer clothing and escape her oppressive p