An in-depth, gritty look into the world of drug addicts who frequent Sherman Square in New York City. It's a character study centering on the relationship between Bobby (Al Pacino) and Helen (Kitty Winn). From the outset of the film, Bobby, is a heroin addict but the slow descent which Helen experiences into becoming addicted gives the viewer a character which is somewhat relate-able, which is important given the film is entirely a study of the life of addicts in New York. Helen's character is emotionally shattered who takes Solice in Bobby, a stranger who treats her well. During the first hour of the film we experience a slow build-up until Helen actually uses Heroin for the first time. Given what the film is about, it's very monotonous and almost a little too slow paced but one could absolutely argue that this just aids in capturing the drug addict lifestyle and circular nature of trying to find their next "fix" no matter what. The most interesting aspect of the film for me is this love that is shared between Bobby and Helen. They are complete and utter screw-ups, yet, in the end they seem almost destined to be together and help/care for each other. The addiction essentially gets in the way of this throughout the film, causing countless riffs in their relationship, yet the love they share, burns stronger. This is a gritty, realistic film that features lots of needles puncturing skin-it's not for everyone but it's definitely a strong effort from all involved.
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