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Candy 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars (31) IMDb 7.3/10

A poet is in love with two kinds of candy - an actress called Candy and heroin. She falls for him, his lifestyle and heroin. Hooked on each other as much as drugs, their relationship alternates between oblivion, self-destruction and despair.

Starring:
Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, International
Director Neil Armfield
Starring Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish
Supporting actors Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge, Roberto Meza-Mont, Tony Martin
Studio The Movie Partnership
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Abbie Cornish once again proves that she is an incredibly talented young actor, and Heath Ledger is excellent too.

It's a story that's been told many times before, but their portrayal of a young couple in love spiralling deeper and deeper into drug addiction is exemplary. This is a gruelling film that spares us none of the details of the humiliation and indignities addicts will put themselves through to feed their habit, yet it's told with such compassion and complete lack of judgement, that you desperately want these two young people to pull through and live 'happy ever ever'.

Add to this great direction, clever camera work and a moving supporting performance from Geoffrey rush and you've got a film that's well worth watching.
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This is a film that will stay in my mind for a long while. Several times throughout watching it, it suddenly re-hit me that Ledger is no longer with us and it made me ache in a way I hadn't when I first heard he'd died. There's so much to talk about with Candy, but the over-riding aspect of it is the direction.

Some scenes focus on Dan and Candy (Ledger and Abbie Cornish) living in bedsit squalor, strung out, bleak and dark. But other scenes glow with Summer sun-light. From sweeping slow-motion shots of golden corn swaying in the breeze, to the two lovers kissing while the sunlight tickles their faces... it's beautifully languid; it's gorgeous. And all the more bleak for it.

Candy is broken up into 3 parts: Heaven, Earth and Hell. Heaven chronicles their relationship in the beginning, when heroin was a hobby, and when the bulk of their sustenance was sunshine and each other. In any other film, these 2 actors could play the jock and cheer-leader of the high-school so beautiful are they, which makes their inexorable slide into addiction all the more shocking. Earth is where they are bouncing from hit to hit, suffering and in pain, but still able to find themselves again if they tried to look.

When Candy becomes pregnant, they try to go cold turkey, and they are on the very brink of coming out the other side, when she loses the baby. We are shown the still-birth baby when his dad asks to hold him, and the reactions of both Ledger and Cornish will make you curl in on yourself. Tragedy shadows them both from the opening scene, but this event is what makes them really hit rock bottom, at which point we enter the segment entitled Hell. 2 minutes into Hell, I got in my car and went for a drive. I needed to be reminded that the world is beautiful, and that I wasn't alone.
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Candy is a masterpiece about love and addiction. It started filming on January 27, 2005 and was released on February 15, 2006. Candy is 1.000 times better than Trainspotting (and Trainspotting was really good) and 1.000 times less known than Trainspotting. Candy is a touching and strong love story full of despair, hope, regrets, dreams & failures. The story does not try to judge, punish or teach. There are no good and bad guys. Candy is a human and honest portrayal of the hell of heroine, a story about real love and a movie that will break your heart into a million pieces. Heath describes the movie like “a film of love (…) not a story about heroine”. Heath explains: “Heroine is involved but I think that the beauty of this film [is that] it’s not exploding heroine or glorifying it in any way (…) It’s a tragic story of love”. Director Neil Armfield was a bit hesitant about using Heath as Dan, since he thought that Heath had a natural energy that was heroic, and Dan was grubby and edgy. But, again, it was Heath’s performance in Monter’s Ball that “got him” the role. Luke Davies (the writer of the book upon which the movie is based and screenwriter of the movie, together with director Neil Armfield) wrote a beautiful and touching article about Heath after Heath’s death; he describes Heath as a talented, generous, kind and sincere human being, and says: “It was Monster’s Ball that convinced Neil Armfield that Ledger was the one for Candy“. What attracted Heath to the project was the novel, which he describes like a “tragic love affair with both the drug and each other”, the screenplay and the fact of being allowed to use his own accent, which he didn’t do since Two Hands and 10 things I hate about you: “shooting a film using my own accent was attractive … I haven’t done that for 8 years.Read more ›
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This is a great film exploring the power of addiction, in drugs, in love, this film explores similar material to Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, but without the use of the visual tricks. which makes them both worth a watch as this film uses a more poignant story-telling style than RfaD's aggressive clips. Obviously the nature of the material (heroin addiction) means that its not going to be the type of film where you leave the cinema beaming from ear to ear or crying with laughter, but equally the message isn't as dark as it could have been (or indeed as it was in RfaD). The score is good, the acting solid for all the major parts and despite the simple story, it keeps you interested throughout - its well paced to allow for good character development whilst still giving you the impression that you're going somewhere with it. The end is extremely poignant and believable, definitely one of the best films I saw in 2006, along with Volver and Little Miss Sunshine.
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