Friday, September 15, 2006

A very disturbing and well made film

Before i start writing this article, i would like to thank mansi(for suggesting this movie) and all those sources ofbearshare who have made it possible for me to watch the fantastic movie known as requiem for a dream(RFD). RFD would
be rated among the top three technically sound movies i have ever seen. The other two being- city of god and in the mood for love. RFD deals with the most rampant issue in our society. DRUGS. I would have loved to rope in rahul mahajan for
more insight on this topic but he is away for a honeymoon in jhumri talayya. RFD is the most grotesque movie i have ever seen. It even transcends the brutality of passion of the christ and american history x. This is not ambrosia for people of
masochistic or misanthropic attitude towards life. It merely depicts the deleterious and minatory effects of drugs on humans.

The story is intertwined between an old woman(played to the T by ellen burstyn) and her son(portrayed by the competent jared leto). Jared has a girlfriend- the sensuous jennifer connelly.. Jared looks for quick bucks and so he
starts selling drugs. His mother is obsessed with wearing her red dress for the tappy show. And so she starts taking drugs for getting young. At basic level, the movie seems quite straightforward what with showing the adverse impact of drugs on
human psyche . Its the treatment that leaves you gasping for more and more. After many days miturtification has not set into me while watching the movie. I was damn engrossed in the film.

The split photography and the fast track editing makes you wonder at the pulchritude and poise of cinema. The climax is so grisly and dark that u wish you can be anywhere but there, watching the movie. The way jared leto's hand is affected and the lesbian orgy of jeniffer connelly leaves a lump in your throat. Ellen burstyn's paroxysms make you wish "if only i could stop her from eating those tablets."
The movie is replete with heart rending moments. I will mention three of them

1)The way jared leto caresses the nipple of connelly and appreciates her beauty was the most sensuous cinematic moment after dilip kumar's brushing of feather on the face of madhu bala in mughal-e-azam. And the way connelly says "till now whoever said it was meaningless ".

2) when jared leto confronts his mom and tries to restrain her from taking the tablets. The way she breaks down still lingers in my mind. She says
"The show gives a reason to smile. It makes my morning alright. A reason to wear red dress"

3)The break down of jared leto in the car after knowing that his mom is taking drugs and he cannot stop her.

Watch requiem for a dream if you are a cognoscente of meaningful cinema. This is one movie i would like a pastiche being committed by the indian film makers..


At 10:20 PM, Blogger Bharat Jhurani said...

Dude.. U seriously hav a gud future as a journo.. Keep it up...

At 5:48 AM, Blogger mansi said...

hey jagan..finally u wrote abt it..m thng for sure..after reading ur post..i feel like writing a reveiw too..:)..frankly.ur perception and mine abt the film is very i like it:)
the film is abt..four characters..tat depict america..the youngster..who lost his father and stays wit his old mum..sells stuff to get money fr drugs..still a sensitive guy, a girl..who is over protected by her parents..or i shud say..her parents try to "think" for her, third is the mom..old,alone, ..and empty...looking for herself...her"younger" self......and lastly the black guy......its brlliant direction...such an amazingly subtle bt ,in ur face film...and drugs..form the theme...if u notice the end..every character...folds himself or herself in the same way..whether its a hosp,a jail,home..etc...forming a circle..a chain...a painful unending chain.

At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Saby said...

hey jagan...
it was a great review...ur vocab surely gives a pictorial view of the film while reading...good work!!
waiting for ur nxt post..
happy blogging!

At 12:57 PM, Blogger sowmitra said...

grt review boss...keep it up...

At 6:41 AM, Blogger Sweety Maruth said...

wah!!!! gud review dude [:P] no need 2 watch a movie neways gudone !!!

At 10:18 PM, Blogger How do we know said...

Just reading the review made me sad!! Guess that means u pretty much brought the spirit of the film into the review.

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Hiren said...

Interesting. Anything that matches the mughale azam scene is worth watching. Thanks.

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous deepz said...

hey jagan...ur blog is too good....will watch the movie b4 i comment!

At 11:07 AM, Blogger nisha said...

a truly 'shake the ground below you' film !!

am sure it has changed many lives. it has mine !!

got me really scared and thinking for many a days and now i am aware.

very well made n artistic filming.the lovemaking sequences truly works of art, simple n amazing.

i agree with you all throughout, monsieur.

At 2:54 AM, Blogger Vishwas Verma said...

Nice review man!!! hav got this movie on my comp but was postponing to watch it... now after reading the review will watch it soon.. ;))


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