Darren Aronofsky’s characters are psychopaths. Perfectionist who devote their body and soul to a single goal. They remain fixated, neglecting what their lust for achievement has to their loved ones or even to themselves. In Pi, we saw the lengths crazed mathematician Max Cohen went to unravelling the secrets behind a 216 digit number that may not have any worldly significance at all.
Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky’s second film, explores the mindset of three addicts who all go extreme lengths to grasp that one thing in life that’ll make them happy, or at least fill that empty void. These characters, whether they wish to lose weight, become wealthy, or score some heroin, absolutely destroy their lives to do so.
An Aronofsky film is a very subjective experience and while he does not entirely intend for an empathetic connection to be made, he is very keen on lunging viewers into the minds of his unstable characters. In Requiem, he effectively positions us into the mental of the obsessed and fiend through editing.