History Literature / RequiemForADream

1st Aug '17 1:24:08 PM N8han11
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** If you expand that idea a little, you find that when it all comes together, the message isn't really that drugs are bad, but that ''escapism'' is bad. Although the drugs are the route of escape for all four main characters, the real problem is that they're running from the issues of reality in order to indulge their unrealistic dreams. When addiction and dependency set in, they are unable to face ''that'' reality either, and so instead of using drugs to fuel their dreams, the drugs are being used to stave off the suffering of withdrawal and the unbearable reality they've been hiding from all along has been growing worse and worse while their backs were turned to it. It's not the ''drugs'' that destroy them, it's the ViciousCycle.
** It's actually averted, in a typical-for-this-film disturbing way. In Summer, when Harry, Marion, and Tyrone are basically getting high for fun, ''they're doing fine''. Morally bankrupt layabouts, sure, but you don't exactly need to be a drug addict to be an asshole. Yeah, it's to reflect the euphoria of being high before the crash that happens in Winter, but that's ''after'' they've given up small-time recreational use to trying to chase a profit. Drugs ain't good, but greed is way, way worse.
25th Jun '17 3:39:29 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* WallOfText: In the novel. Hubert Selby, who writes in a stream-of-consciousness style without much punctuation or paragraph breaking, could be a TropeNamer for this.



* WallOfText: In the novel. Hubert Selby, who writes in a stream-of-consciousness style without much punctuation or paragraph breaking, could be a TropeNamer for this.
20th May '17 9:18:51 AM JamesAustin
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-->-- '''Empire''''s Top 10 Most Depressing Movies [[spoiler: (this is #1)]]

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-->-- '''Empire''''s Top 10 Most Depressing Movies [[spoiler: (this is #1)]]
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* BookEnds: Around the start of the film, there's a rather famous sequence involving Harry on the dock, visioning Marion in a red dress at the end. At the end, once Harry has hit the bottom of his downward spiral, the same sequence is revisited, although Marion inexplicably disappears when Harry approaches her, and when Harry backs away, he ends up falling into a black void.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: Around the start of the film, there's a rather famous sequence involving Harry on the dock, visioning Marion in a red dress at the end. At the end, once Harry has hit the bottom of his downward spiral, the same sequence is revisited, although Marion inexplicably disappears when Harry approaches her, and when Harry backs away, he ends up falling into a black void.
10th May '17 8:18:23 PM mistasofly
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* TheGhost: Angel. He's a very good friend to the trio of Harry, Marion, and Tyrone. He's their go to guy whenever they need something. He rounds up drugs and people for their impromptu party early in the film, he gives Tyrone and Harry the news of the drugs being sold in the back of the grocery store during the dope panic, he gets them the car for their ill-fated trip to Florida, Marion even has a long telephone conversation with him at one point in the film. With all that said you never SEE or HEAR him AT ALL during the film.
19th Apr '17 7:10:08 PM fortz64
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* JitterCam: Used [[TropesAreNotBad quite effectively and rather disturbingly]] in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6YLT1yoNec the scene]] where Harry and Tyrone's cries of pain and pleas for help (Harry from his house, Tyrone from jail) almost harmonize, with the jitters being accompanied by distortion noises and getting more intense as the screams get louder.

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* JitterCam: Used [[TropesAreNotBad quite effectively and rather disturbingly]] in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6YLT1yoNec the scene]] where Harry and Tyrone's cries of pain and pleas for help (Harry from his house, Tyrone from jail) almost harmonize, with the jitters being accompanied by distortion noises and getting more intense as the screams get louder.
19th Apr '17 7:04:46 PM fortz64
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* FateWorseThanDeath: The entire last quarter of the movie, with a different one for each character. You'd think that shooting up via a gangrene-ridden arm would be the low point. You'd be wrong. It's made even worse with the fact that none of them get to keep their freedom, but Marion is the only one to end up ''not'' in the care of an institution required to provide her with medical care. [[spoiler:Marion is [[SexSlave stuck in an endless loop of prostitution and addiction with no avenue to free herself. The others have no choice but to get clean, though that's not necessarily a better fate because at that point they have no escape from the pain that they turned to drugs to run from in the first place.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: The entire last quarter of the movie, with a different one for each character. You'd think that shooting up via a gangrene-ridden arm would be the low point. You'd be wrong. It's made even worse with the fact that none of them get to keep their freedom, but Marion is the only one to end up ''not'' in the care of an institution required to provide her with medical care. [[spoiler:Marion is [[SexSlave stuck in an endless loop of prostitution and addiction with no avenue to free herself. The others have no choice but to get clean, though that's not necessarily a better fate because at that point they have no escape from the pain that they turned to drugs to run from in the first place.]]
24th Mar '17 4:47:12 PM micabell
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->''"If you ever find yourself inexplicably contented with your lot, slip this into your DVD player and normal service will be resumed... this is a film you watch once, then repair to the pub to stare fixedly into your beer for the night, vowing never, ever to watch it again."''

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->''"If you ever find yourself inexplicably contented with your lot, slip this into your DVD player and normal service will be resumed... this is a film you watch once, then repair retire to the pub to stare fixedly into your beer for the night, vowing never, ever to watch it again."''
19th Mar '17 10:08:17 AM Fireblood
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Meanwhile, Sara receives a phone call stating she'll have a chance to appear on television. Already somewhat mad from loneliness, she becomes fixated on fitting into her favorite red dress for the occasion (the one she wore to Harry's high school graduation). Failing to keep up with her diet, Sara sees [[DrFeelgood an apathetic doctors]] who prescribes a regimen of extreme diet pills, which she quickly begins to abuse.

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Meanwhile, Sara receives a phone call stating she'll have a chance to appear on television. Already somewhat mad from loneliness, she becomes fixated on fitting into her favorite red dress for the occasion (the one she wore to Harry's high school graduation). Failing to keep up with her diet, Sara sees [[DrFeelgood an apathetic doctors]] doctor]] who prescribes a regimen of extreme diet pills, which she quickly begins to abuse.



* BlackGuyDiesFirst: Subverted. WordOfGod reveals that Tyrone is the only one of the main characters able to recover, making this a situation where the black guy is the only person who ''might'' survive. Emphasis on ''might.''

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* BlackGuyDiesFirst: Subverted.{{Subverted}}. WordOfGod reveals that Tyrone is the only one of the main characters able to recover, making this a situation where the black guy is the only person who ''might'' survive. Emphasis on ''might.''



* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Applies in-story; Marion performs a lesbian sex act on stage for drugs. The viewer, however, won't find it arousing.

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* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Applies in-story; Marion performs a lesbian sex act on stage for drugs. The viewer, however, likely won't find it arousing.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: Although the movie is criticized for its 'inaccurate' portrayal of mental institutions and medical procedures, the sad fact is that for the 60s and 70s American medical system -- the book being written in the 70s -- everything shown in the movie was possible; what nowadays would be called disgusting mistreatment and abuse of patient autonomy was a common occurrence in state-sanctioned mental institutions which were under-staffed and used dated methods based on rudimentary psychiatric knowledge[[note]]And back in the 50s things were even worse[[/note]]. Remember, this was the era when a praised doctor and professor of medicine would travel the country giving mentally unresponsive patients lobotomies [[BodyHorror with only an icepick through the orbital lobe... and no anaesthetic]]!

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Although the movie is criticized for its 'inaccurate' portrayal of mental institutions and medical procedures, the sad fact is that for the 60s and 70s American medical system -- the book being written in the 70s -- everything shown in the movie was possible; what nowadays would be called disgusting mistreatment and abuse of patient autonomy was a common occurrence in state-sanctioned mental institutions which were under-staffed and used dated methods based on rudimentary psychiatric knowledge[[note]]And knowledge.[[note]]And back in the 50s things were even worse[[/note]]. worse.[[/note]] Remember, this was the era when a praised doctor and professor of medicine would travel the country giving mentally unresponsive patients lobotomies [[BodyHorror with only an icepick ice pick through the orbital lobe... and no anaesthetic]]!anesthetic]]!
13th Mar '17 7:42:50 PM Luigifan
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Meanwhile, Sara receives a phone call stating she'll have a chance to appear on television. Already somewhat mad from loneliness, she becomes fixated on fitting into her favorite red dress for the occasion (the one she wore to Harry's high school graduation). Failing to keep up with her diet, Sara sees an apathetic doctor who prescribes a regimen of extreme diet pills, which she quickly begins to abuse.

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Meanwhile, Sara receives a phone call stating she'll have a chance to appear on television. Already somewhat mad from loneliness, she becomes fixated on fitting into her favorite red dress for the occasion (the one she wore to Harry's high school graduation). Failing to keep up with her diet, Sara sees [[DrFeelgood an apathetic doctor doctors]] who prescribes a regimen of extreme diet pills, which she quickly begins to abuse.



* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Harry's fate is winding up alone in the hospital after having his gangrenous arm amputated.]]

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* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Harry's [[spoiler:Harry's fate is winding up alone in the hospital after having his gangrenous arm amputated.]]



* BookEnds: Around the start of the film, there's a rather famous sequence involving Harry on the dock, visioning Marion in a red dress at the end. At the end, once Harry has hit the bottom of his downward spiral, the same sequence is revisited, although Marion inexplicably disappears when Harry approaches her, and when Harry backs away he ends up falling into a black void.

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* BookEnds: Around the start of the film, there's a rather famous sequence involving Harry on the dock, visioning Marion in a red dress at the end. At the end, once Harry has hit the bottom of his downward spiral, the same sequence is revisited, although Marion inexplicably disappears when Harry approaches her, and when Harry backs away away, he ends up falling into a black void.



* FateWorseThanDeath: The entire last quarter of the movie, with a different one for each character. You'd think that shooting up via a gangrene-ridden arm would be the low point. You'd be wrong. It's made even worse with the fact that none of them get to keep their freedom, but Marion is the only one to end up ''not'' in the care of an institution required to provide her with medical care. [[spoiler: Marion is stuck in an endless loop of prostitution and addiction with no avenue to free herself. The others have no choice but to get clean, though that's not necessarily a better fate because at that point they have no escape from the pain that they turned to drugs to run from in the first place.]]
** Harry: [[spoiler: Has his arm amputated, his relationships with Marion and his mother completely destroyed, and separated (possibly permanently so) from Tyrone, the only friend he has left.]]
** Marion: [[spoiler: Ends up in a horrid cycle of forced prostitution where she exchanges sex for drugs, but the sex acts she's required to perform for that exchange are so degrading, she needs drugs just to cope with it.]]
** Tyrone: [[spoiler: Is forced to serve out his sentence in prison, doing hard labor while going through heroin withdrawal and being abused by racist guards. But he does have a chance of reclaiming his life, implying that he may one day subvert this trope.]]
** Sara: [[spoiler: Is institutionalized with methamphetamine psychosis. The ECT ''is'' implied to work, as she's not wandering around in a confused, blurry nightmare anymore, but it's not enough to save her sanity, and without any incentive to even try to be part of the real world, she retreats into her own mind permanently.]]
*** [[spoiler: The novel is more direct about stating that she's no longer capable of coherent thought, and she's permanently committed to a state hospital.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: The entire last quarter of the movie, with a different one for each character. You'd think that shooting up via a gangrene-ridden arm would be the low point. You'd be wrong. It's made even worse with the fact that none of them get to keep their freedom, but Marion is the only one to end up ''not'' in the care of an institution required to provide her with medical care. [[spoiler: Marion [[spoiler:Marion is [[SexSlave stuck in an endless loop of prostitution and addiction with no avenue to free herself. The others have no choice but to get clean, though that's not necessarily a better fate because at that point they have no escape from the pain that they turned to drugs to run from in the first place.]]
** Harry: [[spoiler: Has [[spoiler:Has his arm amputated, his relationships with Marion and his mother completely destroyed, and separated (possibly permanently so) from Tyrone, the only friend he has left.]]
** Marion: [[spoiler: Ends [[spoiler:Ends up in a horrid cycle of forced prostitution where she exchanges sex for drugs, but the sex acts she's required to perform for that exchange are so degrading, she needs drugs just to cope with it.]]
** Tyrone: [[spoiler: Is [[spoiler:Is forced to serve out his sentence in prison, doing hard labor while going through heroin withdrawal and being abused by racist guards. But he does have a chance of reclaiming his life, implying that he may one day subvert this trope.]]
** Sara: [[spoiler: Is [[spoiler:Is institutionalized with methamphetamine psychosis. The ECT ''is'' implied to work, as she's not wandering around in a confused, blurry nightmare anymore, but it's not enough to save her sanity, and without any incentive to even try to be part of the real world, [[HappyPlace she retreats into her own mind permanently.permanently]].]]
*** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The novel is more direct about stating that she's no longer capable of coherent thought, and she's permanently committed to a state hospital.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: One picture we see of Harry and Marion has Harry with his left arm up. [[spoiler:By the end, Harry has his left arm amputated]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: One picture we see of Harry and Marion has Harry with his left arm up. [[spoiler:By the end, Harry has his left arm amputated]].amputated.]]



* HopeSpringsEternal: No, really. [[spoiler: Tyrone gets arrested and has to deal with racism, hard labor and withdrawal. But according to WordOfGod, Tyrone is the only character who has a chance of getting his life back on track.]]

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* HopeSpringsEternal: No, really. [[spoiler: Tyrone [[spoiler:Tyrone gets arrested and has to deal with racism, hard labor and withdrawal. But according to WordOfGod, Tyrone is the only character who has a chance of getting his life back on track.]]



* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: [[spoiler: Marion's live sex show.]] Visually speaking, it's only ''slightly'' different from a bunch of gamblers betting on a dogfight.

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* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: [[spoiler: Marion's [[spoiler:Marion's live sex show.]] Visually speaking, it's only ''slightly'' different from a bunch of gamblers betting on a dogfight.



* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKLpJtvzlEI Lux Aeterna]].
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler: Harry has to have his arm amputated after it becomes seriously infected and necrosis sets in.]]

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* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKLpJtvzlEI Lux Aeterna]].
Aeterna.]]
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler: Harry [[spoiler:Harry has to have his arm amputated after it becomes seriously infected and necrosis sets in.]]



* NoAntagonist: All the damage caused by the protagonists is done by themselves. There's plenty of ''villains'', though.

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* NoAntagonist: All the damage caused by to the protagonists is done by themselves. There's plenty of ''villains'', though.



* PsychoStrings: A variation of them is heavily used in the climatic scenes, most notably during Sara's [[spoiler: shock treatment]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Although the movie is criticized for its 'inaccurate' portrayal of mental institutions and medical procedures, the sad fact is that for the 60s and 70s American medical system - the book being written in the 70s - everything shown in the movie was possible; what nowadays would be called disgusting mistreatment and abuse of patient autonomy was a common occurrence in state-sanctioned mental institutions which were under-staffed and used dated methods based on rudimentary psychiatric knowledge[[note]]And back in the 50s things were even worse[[/note]]. Remember, this was the era when a praised doctor and professor of medicine would travel the country giving mentally unresponsive patients lobotomies [[BodyHorror with only an icepick through the orbital lobe... and no anaesthetic]]!

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* PsychoStrings: A variation of them is heavily used in the climatic scenes, most notably during Sara's [[spoiler: shock [[spoiler:shock treatment]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Although the movie is criticized for its 'inaccurate' portrayal of mental institutions and medical procedures, the sad fact is that for the 60s and 70s American medical system - -- the book being written in the 70s - -- everything shown in the movie was possible; what nowadays would be called disgusting mistreatment and abuse of patient autonomy was a common occurrence in state-sanctioned mental institutions which were under-staffed and used dated methods based on rudimentary psychiatric knowledge[[note]]And back in the 50s things were even worse[[/note]]. Remember, this was the era when a praised doctor and professor of medicine would travel the country giving mentally unresponsive patients lobotomies [[BodyHorror with only an icepick through the orbital lobe... and no anaesthetic]]!



* SayMyName: Done by Harry using a couple of variations of the trope. He wakes up from his dream of trying to meet Marion on the dock by screaming her name as he falls. When he wakes up the first thing he does is quietly whisper her name.
* ScareEmStraight: Played with for most of the movie, in that everything that happens to the characters - minus the fantasy segues - is horrifyingly realistic and a possible ''and common'' outcome of drug use. Even the institution and medical procedures, although a terrifying exaggeration for today's medical system, would have been possible - if worst case scenarios - when the book was written.

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* SayMyName: Done by Harry using a couple of variations of the trope. He wakes up from his dream of trying to meet Marion on the dock by screaming her name as he falls. When he wakes up up, the first thing he does is quietly whisper her name.
* ScareEmStraight: Played with for most of the movie, in that everything that happens to the characters - -- minus the fantasy segues - -- is horrifyingly realistic and a possible ''and common'' outcome of drug use. Even the institution and medical procedures, although a terrifying exaggeration for today's medical system, would have been possible - -- if worst case scenarios - -- when the book was written.



* SexSlave: [[spoiler: Marion at the end, in a horrifyingly realistic example of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_prostitution forced prostitution]].]]

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* SexSlave: [[spoiler: Marion [[spoiler:Marion at the end, in a horrifyingly realistic example of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_prostitution forced prostitution]].]]prostitution.]]]]



* TheUnreveal: Tappy Tibbons never says the third part of his self-help program. Eagle-eyed viewers, however, can spot it on the board behind him: [[spoiler: No Orgasm]]. That in itself may be a clever bit of symbolism or foreshadowing: [[spoiler: The montage at the end has Sara's ECT treatment overlapping with the men chanting "Cum!" over Marion's live sex show; the visual "climax" leads into the ending, which shows Sara as a madwoman, utterly beyond helping herself.]]

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* TheUnreveal: Tappy Tibbons never says the third part of his self-help program. Eagle-eyed viewers, however, can spot it on the board behind him: [[spoiler: No [[spoiler:No Orgasm]]. That in itself may be a clever bit of symbolism or foreshadowing: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The montage at the end has Sara's ECT treatment overlapping with the men chanting "Cum!" over Marion's live sex show; the visual "climax" leads into the ending, which shows Sara as a madwoman, utterly beyond helping herself.]]



** Sara's, too; her face vacillates between a hollow, staring un-smile and sincere joy in the end. [[spoiler: She's holding her son, who in her fantasy is successful and healthy and loving. The unsettling shift of her expression seems to imply that on some level, she knows it can't be real, but she goes with it anyway because the real world has nothing to offer her.]]

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** Sara's, too; her face vacillates between a hollow, staring un-smile and sincere joy in the end. [[spoiler: She's [[spoiler:She's holding her son, who in her fantasy is successful and healthy and loving. The unsettling shift of her expression seems to imply that on some level, she knows it can't be real, but she goes with it anyway because the real world has nothing to offer her.]]
13th Feb '17 9:54:03 PM Mdumas43073
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Originally a novel written in 1978 by Hubert Selby, Jr., ''Requiem For A Dream'' was made into a movie by Creator/DarrenAronofsky in 2000. The story is about three friends and one friend's mother, who over the course of nine months (summer, fall, winter) have their lives destroyed by drug addiction.

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Originally a novel written in 1978 by Hubert Selby, Jr., ''Requiem For A for a Dream'' was made into a movie by Creator/DarrenAronofsky in 2000. The story is about three friends and one friend's mother, who over the course of nine months (summer, fall, winter) have their lives destroyed by drug addiction.
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