A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

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This story is a narration from an Australian man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin. The narrator changes from a smart-aleck to someone trying to find a vein to inject, while Candy changes from an actress, call girl, streetwalker, and then a madwoman. Starting in Sydney, the two eventually end up in Melbourne to go clean, but they fail. This leads them to turn to finding money and heroin, while other posessions and attachments become unimportant. Written by Godiva4862

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Candy Is Dandy But Sex Won't Rot Your Teeth. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for pervasive depiction of drug addiction, disturbing images, language, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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25 May 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Candy - Reise der Engel  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$202,744 (Australia) (26 May 2006)

Gross:

$44,720 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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Trivia

Heath Ledger the main star would later tragically die of an accidental prescription drug overdose. See more »

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Just before Candy throws the ashtray at Dan, an open pack of matches on the table top disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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Dan: The future was a thing that gleamed, the present was so very very good...
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Song to the Siren
Performed by Tim Buckley
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Accurate, intimate and very watchable
21 July 2006 | by (Silver Lake, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

You could write this off as another story about addiction and the destruction resulting from it, but there's more here. The love story between Ledger and Cornish is a constant throughout, with a great line on how their addiction affects not only their own relationship, but their relationships with others: parents, friends, acquaintances.

Abby Cornish is especially good as the art girl turned junkie prostitute; her fall into addiction and the changes it makes in her life are much more effective than Ledger's portrayal of a junkie in love.

The parents in the movie are excellent, from subtle facial expressions to drag-out fights with their dope fiend daughter. They act much as you would expect parents to act, or at least hope they would act.

The ending dropped the ball a little, but maybe they ran out of budget. In any case, I would watch it again. It's realistic, gritty, romantic and a good case study of how drugs can ruin the most intense love.


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