Tear Jerker: Requiem for a Dream

  • Special mention goes to Sara's monologue about growing old. Notice how the camera seems to move out of focus? It's because the lens was fogging up because the cameraman was tearing up.
  • Winter is one long Tear Jerker, with a bit of Nightmare Fuel mixed in as the main characters' lives are ruined beyond redemption.
  • Might also fall under Fridge Horror or Fridge Brilliance (like most things about this movie, it's as scary and depressing as it is thoughtful) but the use of the word "come" in the last few scenes. It goes from "come", as in come back, to "come" as in cum, vulgar slang for orgasm. The phone call between Harry and Marion and the conversation between Harry and the nurse cement it in the end: they're past the point of no return, they've both lost their freedom, and for Marion (the only one of the main characters to hear the "new" definition), there's nothing left but degrading sex.
  • Sara's ultimate fate, for a lot of reasons, but in particular: she's finally in a place where she can be cared for, where there are other people for her to talk to and keep company with.. and she's too insane to benefit from it. How many problems could she have solved if she'd just been admitted to a retirement community?

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