Candy - Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger, David Argue, Neil Armfield
Threat advisory: Guarded - General risk of entertaining activities
More is never enough.
Dan: Tell me something you know.
Candy: I know we'll be bound by passion till the end of time.
Candy: Not like the others.
Dan: Everything else fades for everyone else.
Candy: But not us.
A powerful and intimate mapping of a decade-long love affair.
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, 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.
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film Australia crime drug romance habit addiction marriage relationship heroin love clean
Persons of interest
- Abbie Cornish .... Candy
- Heath Ledger .... Dan
- David Argue .... Lester
- Paul Blackwell .... Phillip Dudley
- Tom Budge .... Schumann
- Nathaniel Dean .... Paul Hillman
- Noni Hazlehurst .... Elaine Wyatt
- Damon Herriman .... Roger Moylan
- Noel Herriman .... Celebrant
- Tony Martin .... Jim Wyatt
- Tim McKenzie .... Uncle Rod
- Tara Morice .... Aunt Katherine
- Geoffrey Rush .... Casper
- Neil Armfield .... Screenwriter
- Neil Armfield .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Candy official movie site
- Candy film production notes
- Candy QuickTime movie trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- Australian Film Institute (AFI) 2006: Nominated: Best Film (Margaret Fink, Emile Sherman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Luke Davies, Neil Armfield), Best Editing (Dany Cooper), Best Production Design (Robert Cousins), Best Lead Actor (Heath Ledger), Best Lead Actress (Abbie Cornish), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Supporting Actress (Noni Hazlehurst)
- Australian Writers Guild Awards (Awgies) 2006: Won: Feature Film (Adaptation)
- Berlin International Film Festival 2005: World première
- Film Critics Circle of Australia 2006: Won: Best Actress (Abbie Cornish), Best Actor - Supporting Role (Geoffrey Rush); Nominated: Best Actor (Heath Ledger), Best Actress - Supporting Role (Noni Hazlehurst), Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Music Score
- if Awards 2006: Nominated: Best Actress (Abbie Cornish), Best Actor (Heath Ledger)
- London Film Festival 2006: Film on the Square
- Toronto International Film Festival 2006: Contemporary world cinema
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
If you've never had any dealings with drug dealers, drug manufacturers, drug users or drug addicts then Candy will be a shocking and eye-opening revelation of the fall from grace of two young losers. If you're a wise and world-weary traveller then you've not only seen it all before but you've probably done most of it.
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- Languages: English
- Picture: Widescreen
- Special features:
- Commentaries: Neil Armfield, Luke Davies
- Deleted scenes
- Luke Davies
- Neil Armfield
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Frequent drug use, strong themes, strong coarse language, sexual references)
108 minutes (1:48 hours)