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Candy and Dan are addicted to each other. And to heroin. They are young and beautiful, they live from day to day and want to experience all of life’s pleasures. In the manner of Bonnie and Clyde, they believe they are invincible, and they do drugs and make love as if there’s no tomorrow. They even get married. Candy’s bridal gown is made of black lace, to further shock her parents who no longer understand her. When Candy discovers she is pregnant, the couple decide to become clean and lead a healthier life. Candy’s father, believing his daughter is out of trouble, weeps tears of joy. But it is too late, and heroin has already done its damage. Faced with the physical and mental agony induced by the lack of drugs, Candy and Dan are caught in a spiral that will take them to the limits of themselves and of their love for each other. They wanted paradise, they found hell. In Neil Armfield’s film, which is as raw as it is poetic, we witness Candy and Dan’s moments of ecstasy, anguish, euphoria and sheer terror as they float towards darkness. A journey from which no one comes back unscathed.

>> Berlin Festival Official Competition Selection, 2006
>> Toronto International Film Festival Selection, 2006

 
 
CANDY
 
Australia / 2006 / 107 min / 35 mm / colour / drama

Director : Neil Armfield
Script : Neil Armfield, Luke Davies (from his book)
Cinematography : Garry Phillips
Editing : Dany Cooper
Music :  Paul Charlier
Production : Margaret Fink, Emile Sherman

Cast : Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Noni Hazlehurst, Tony Martin