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Tragic yet True
Member Name: Julie449
Date: 09/02/12, updated on 10/02/12 (10 review reads)
Advantages: A real eye opener
Disadvantages: A little hard to watch in places
Candy is the 2006 film based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Luke Davies. The film has a running time of 103 mins and a certificate 15. Cast members include the gone but not forgotten Heath Ledger, Abbie Comish and Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Candy tells the tale of the tragic love story between artist Candy and would be poet Dan. They have a mutal attraction for each other but they also share an attraction to heroin.
The Film is split into 3 parts Heaven, Earth and Hell, changing from one part to the next as they progress into addiction. As we go further on in the film we see the couple turn to crime and prostitution to feed their habbit.
Candy discovers she is pregnant, and the couple try to turn things around for the sake of their unborn child. They try to get off the drugs and go cold turkey. However it all proves too much!
The couple struggle to come off the drugs and Candy ends up having a breakdown.
Throughout the film, the couple often visit the character of Chemistry Professor Casper, whose similar addiction to drugs leads to his own death. It is only after this that Dan tries to turn things around for himself.
Verdict- I really enjoyed the film, although a hard one to watch there was something captivating about it. It is one of the most heartbreaking films I have ever seen. many scenes were very emotional and graphic. As a mother watching the scene were Candy loses her baby brought me to tears, it was just so heartbreaking. Although never having been surrounded by or involved in drugs myself I believe it to be a realistic portrayal into drug addiction and prostitution. Every character is belieable and there are no gimicks. Ledger delivers a very moving performance. It is a same this film wasn't one of his better know. A great loss to the film world. I liked how the film went from heaven-earth-hell, this went well as the film gets darker and more tragic untill it come to a tragic end, showing how their relationship weakens as their addiction grows. The film appears fairly low budget, but that really works for this film as it is like what you imagen a drug addicts life would be like. The film won't appeal to everyone as it is a little hard to watch in places and can be a little graphic with the drug taking. I feel this film would be a great film to put people off using drugs and I could see it being used for this purpose in the future. Romeo and Julliet meets Trainspotting. Overall a fantastic yet tragic film.
I enjoy watching special features and this disc includes some great cast and crew interviews and a behind the scenes.
Summary: Powerful yet tragic