• Publication date: November 1, 2011

Love is a high you can never come down from Candy: A story of love and addiction

Candy follows the harrowing descent of a young couple into the painful enslavement of heroin addiction. Dan and Candy are two young bohemians, who fall madly in love while shooting heroin together.

Candy follows the harrowing descent of a young couple into the painful enslavement of heroin addiction. Dan and Candy are two young bohemians, who fall madly in love while shooting heroin together.

In the beginning, the couple's days are occupied with making love, shoplifting, and having a strung-out wedding day that ends with a lot of giggling over a couple of Big Macs.

Despite Candy's disapproving parents, they cling to each other with a fierceness that shuts out any and all outside criticism. When funds or drugs are low they pop by the house of a pharmacology professor named Casper, who uses his professional expertise to supply them with pharmaceutical-grade heroin.

As the reality of their addiction creeps to the forefront, they must turn to desperate measures to get their fix. Candy becomes a prostitute, and Dan a thief and con man. Their lives increasingly spiral out of control, and from day to day they go from ecstasy to absolute suffering.

However, everything changes, briefly, when she discovers that she is pregnant. Will this Pregnancy change their life? Will Dan and Candy give up drugs for their baby�s sake?

The film hits a nerve with its mournful portrait of a romance tainted by drugs. It is a painful movie that avoids glamorizing its subject to honestly convey the tragic consequences. It is also a moving, realistic portrait of how that kind of all-encompassing, obsessive love can sometimes be just as powerful as any drug, and just as hard to kick.

Year: 2006

Runtime: 116 mins

Genre: Drama/Romance

Starring:

Abbie Cornish

Heath Ledger

Geoffrey Rush

Tom Budge

Roberto Meza-Mont

Directed by: Neil Armfield