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  • Summary: A charming but reckless young poet (Ledger) has fallen in love with Candy (Cornish), a beautiful young art student from a comfortable middle-class family who is attracted to the bohemian lifestyle that Dan has long since embraced. In order to get closer to Dan, Candy whose previous drug useA charming but reckless young poet (Ledger) has fallen in love with Candy (Cornish), a beautiful young art student from a comfortable middle-class family who is attracted to the bohemian lifestyle that Dan has long since embraced. In order to get closer to Dan, Candy whose previous drug use has been casually experimental, starts shooting up. Their passionate relationship then alternates between bursts of ecstatic oblivion and bouts of despair and self-destruction. Hooked as much on heroin as one another, their story becomes a love triangle -- a boy, a girl and a drug. (ThinkFilm) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Neil Armfield's film hits hard because it sensitively shows how life on drugs can never be about anything else, and how the real horror of addiction is not what users do to themselves, but what they do to each other out of loneliness and despair.
  2. For all its depiction of a descent into drug addiction, Candy is filled with surprisingly sweet moments and goes down more easily than seems possible given the subject matter.
  3. For a druggie movie, Candy is surprisingly dynamic and involving.
  4. Cornish provides a counterbalance for Ledger's authoritative presence, turning what could have been just another heroin movie into a flawed but engrossing parable on love and sacrifice.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    50
    Any drug movie's effectiveness can be measured by the strength of its detox, and Candy doesn't sweeten the cold turkey. Still, it's a downward spiral from there in more ways than one. Never mind the neo-psychedelic-pop soundtrack and occasional double-vision cinematography: Dope just can't account for the film's fried brain cells.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Warren
    50
    Ledger turns in another stellar performance and Cornish is heartbreakingly good also in this well-crafted film. But once that first plunger is pushed, the surprises are few.
  7. 40
    It's neither utterly real nor utterly romantic (heroin, like alcohol, manages to be awfully and unremittingly both).

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  1. Helenp.
    Nov 30, 2006
    10
    It's simply gorgeous!
  2. BrianM
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish are amazing!
  3. ChadS.
    Mar 31, 2007
    7
    Being a painter, when Candy (Abbie Cornish) moves to the countryside with Dan(Heath Ledger, who reclaims his heterosexual screen image in a Being a painter, when Candy (Abbie Cornish) moves to the countryside with Dan(Heath Ledger, who reclaims his heterosexual screen image in a scene that makes ironic use of "My Own Private Idaho"), Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner's migration to the boonies spring to mind. But then you realize that Dan doesn't do anything, so the prescient evocation becomes only half-right. Dan is no action painter; action hay bailer, yes. Candy can still be Krasner, but her influential(the bad kind) beau is the anti-muse. Dan has nothing to offer her, except his love. Is it enough? No. Candy may, or may not mature into an artist of great notoriety, but she'll never get a chance to find out if the heroin does her in. "Candy" is a love story about co-dependents(who might be star-crossed; she's middle class, he might be "white trash") that has its intermittent moments of underlining the debacle, which is the grade of diaster that drug addiction entails, with startling power and heartbreak. The sequence that documents Candy's attempt to bring life into this world stands out from the rest of "Candy" in which, like all movies about addicts, are broken into two sets of scenes; they're either stoned, or not stoned. Collapse

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