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Aro Recommended Spun


USA 2002, 101 minutes
Dir. Jonas Akerlund
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Cult, Suspense/Crime, Drama / Independent, Youth, Controversy

Topics: Drugs & Alcohol.


Aroview: A cinematically exhilarating depiction of existence among a group of methamphetamine (P) addicts in Los Angeles, that is sure to divide audiences as to its moral merit.

Focused on a mild mannered drug-taker (Schwartzman), who avoids mounting disconnection from reality by
hooking up with a drug-manufacturer (Rourke) and his spaced out girlfriend (Murphy). Around them spin an array of strippers, addicts, prostitutes, cops and various lowlifes, whose stories bounce off each other like balls in a pinball game.

While providing a certain wrenching (and blackly comic) insight into the amoral nosedive of the speed addict, this could equally be seen as a hyped celebration of the 'drug state', touting a bleak hedonism akin to the similarly eye-goggling REQUIEM FOR A DREAM.

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