The camera placement was also used with success in the scene when Marion leaves Arnold’s apartment after a sex act. The devastation and disgust portrayed by Jennifer Connelly is not only viewed but also experienced by the audience as we follow her every step from the apartment into the elevator and out of the building to the street.
In addition to the unconventional camera placement the director also utilized the technique of hip-hop montage. This process utilized a sequence of individual sharp images and sounds edited in a specific order to get the point across and move the story forward.
In this case the combination of shots was used to capture the actors emotions before and after the drug use. The hip-hop montage also shows the fast effect of the drugs, their short lasting effects, and the constant need of another dose.
Requiem For A Dream carries the audience on a journey that most people are reluctant to take. Society closes its eyes to the harsh truth presented by the film. Addiction to drugs is a growing problem faced by people both young and old. It’s seen by some as the quickest way to a fix a problem, escape from reality, or offer the means to fast and easy financial gain.
Drugs offer the illusion that it's the fastest path to achieving a dream, regardless of the dream. We are a society that values immediate gratification, quick results, and easy solutions. The question presented in Requiem For A Dream is--How far are you willing to go to accomplish your dream, and can you stay on the right path during that journey?
4 / 5
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Staring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly