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Candy

6.7
3,156
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Original title
Candy
Year
Running time
116 min.
Country
Australia Australia
Director
Screenwriter
Neil Armfield, Luke Davies
Music
Paul Charlier
Cinematography
Garry Phillips
Cast
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Producer
Paradigm Hyde Films / Renaissance Films
Genre
Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. Drugs
Synopsis / Plot
Candy (ABBIE CORNISH), gorgeous, sexy, free-spirited, meets the roguish, reckless Dan (HEATH LEDGER). The two souls fall so deeply in love that nothing can come between them. They are financially broke; yet survive on the light they see in each other. Even the heroin they so casually flirt with is no more than an extension of the intoxicating world they inhabit.

Their own belief in an invincible future spurs them ever onwards and envelops them in a blissful cocoon. As their commitment to the addiction grows, they renew their bond through marriage and pregnancy. As long as they stay together, nothing can go wrong.

But as they cross-uncrossable boundaries and succumb to the tyranny of what they cannot control, their paradise comes under threat. Candy's parents (GARRY MCDONALD), weary of watching their daughter slide into something they do not understand, all but give up on her. And even Casper (GEOFFREY RUSH), Dan's mentor and friend, complicit in their exploration of the habit, can not deny that their devotion to the drug that binds them all, is now inseparably intertwined with the commitment they share.

Whilst the marriage inevitably deteriorates, so too, does Candy's mind. As she drifts to the edge of insanity Dan makes a last attempt to rescue their relationship but through the clarity of separation he realizes that if he truly loves her, the best thing for Candy and for both of them is for him to let her go.
Awards
2006: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
Critics' reviews
  • "There have been other movies about heroin addicts, but none more harrowing than Candy"
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