Movie: Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
Requiem for a Dream is a great movie to rent if you want to convince yourself to never touch drugs again. Any of them. Even Advil. If watching the mother and son (Ellen Burstyn and Jared Leto) slowly disintegrate from the effects of amphetamines and heroin isn't enough, viewers also witness the complete destruction of his girlfriend Marion, played by Jennifer Connelly. Smiling and fresh faced in the early scenes, she's the image of fear in the final shot.
In a desperate bid for dope at the end of the movie, Marion goes back-to-back with an unnamed "party girl"(Heather Litteer) on a stage surrounded by horrible men in suits clutching wads of money and flashlights. Marion's face shows only fear and hopelessness. —MB