Talkin' Smack

Aronofsky's follow-up to pi is a brutal personal movie about the horrors of drug addiction

Credit Aronofsky for perseverance. Three years ago he was soliciting contributions from friends and family--$50 and $100 bills--to get his first feature onto the screen. Now that he has a reputation and a higher budget with which to work, he continues to press forward with a vision of hell on earth that's even more corrosive and moving than Selby's original. In terms of worldly sin and eternal damnation, Hieronymous Bosch has very little on him, much less the hacks who churn out the empty-headed mayhem of the superhero epics.

Obviously, Requiem for a Dream isn't for the weak of heart, but it confirms the arrival of an important new filmmaker who refuses to ignore unpleasant facts and has found the means to get inside troubled psyches and troubled times.

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