FOR A DREAM (UNRATED, CLEARLY INTENDED FOR
MATURE AUDIENCES) Artisan
Watson, Palmer West
Aronofsky, (novel by Hubert Selby Jr.)
Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly,
Marlon Wayans, Christopher Macdonald,
out of 5
Everything’ll-Be-Alright will make
everything go wrong.
Pills and thrills and daffodils will
five stars. For a story that hits like
a sack of hammers fell on you. For unflinching
depictions of both the sexy cool of drug
use and its ugly kid brother, drug addiction.
For uniformly good acting (even by Jennifer
Connelly, who heretofore I thought of
as defined by her two obvious "talents").
And for a tour-de-force performance by
Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb, an old,
lonely woman whose simple desire to be
noticed and liked sets her on a complicated
path to destruction.
FOR A DREAM takes place from the summer
to the winter of one year, a turning of
seasons during which all of the principals
come to grief. In summer, Harry Goldfarb
(Leto) has the world by the tail. He and
his drug-dealing partner Tyrone (Wayans)
have a shoebox full of cash and are moving
up the anti-corporate ladder; he and Marion
Silver (Connelly) are deeply, almost painfully
in love. Harry’s mother, Sara, who sits
out her days watching television and eating,
is recalled to life by a phone call announcing
that she’s a winner and will appear on
a TV show.
movie is a cautionary tale. And like that
Too Much Coffee Man™ cartoon that
proclaims, "You can’t escape addiction.
Choose yours wisely!" it’s the ineluctable
truth. For these four characters, everything—what
little they had and what they’d rather
pathetically hoped for—just falls away,
and quickly. I won’t tell you how, though
if I did it probably wouldn’t spoil the
movie. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM is so well
done that relating the sequence of events
won’t rob them of their powerful effect.
cared about each of these characters.
They are all unremarkable folks I could
easily imagine knowing. And they all make
such obvious, incremental mistakes, I
can’t imagine not wanting to warn them.
At the end, each character is curled up
in the fetal position, and you may be,
too, from the emotional assault of REQUIEM
FOR A DREAM.
Bogucka, an Action Girl!
a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
worth a full-price ticket.
worth a matinee ticket.
for video rental.
out the video from the library, if you
I would never encourage anyone to destroy