Leaves a sour taste

Candy

on November 17, 2006 by Kevin Courrier
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After Drugstore Cowboy and Trainspotting finally (and brilliantly) stripped away the poetic mythology around drug addiction, Candy once again revives it while simultaneously plunging us back into the cautionary moralism of Days of Wine and Roses. Dan (Heath Ledger) is a junkie poet who is smitten with Candy (Abbie Cornish), a painter who gets caught up with him in smack and artful sex. When a title card alerts you that this part of their relationship is "Heaven," you know it's not long before you're plumbing the depths of "Hell." As the kids grow more desperate and dissipated, they're aided by a gay chemist, Casper (Geoffrey Rush) the Friendly Host, who supplies them with heroin and hokum. Neil Armfield directs as if he's still in shock that drugs actually destroy people. Candy is a terribly obvious road-to-ruin movie that's bound to produce cavities. Distributor: ThinkFilm
Cast: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush
Director: Neil Armfield
Screenwriters: Luke Davies and Neil Armfield
Producers: Margaret Fink and Emile Sherman
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for pervasive depiction of drug addiction, disturbing images, language, sexual content and nudity
Running time: 108 min.
Release date: November 17, 2006 NY
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