Trainspotting (1996)

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Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (IMDb)

Daring and dynamic: Death and drugs are depicted with mercilessly horrible bluntness (see the neglected baby) and potent editing (see the anxiety-filled withdrawal scene in Renton’s bedroom), capturing well the tragedy and pain of addiction, while sub-plots with tamer bits of hedonism (see the outrageous aftermath of the three sex-capades) add unexpected comedy. Excellent existential ramblings a la Radiohead’s “Fitter Happier” frame the story and add a mischievous ambiguity to its conclusion.

8/10 (Great)