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Peter / The King
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Tess / The Queen
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Arnie / God
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Don
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Peter, a failed tennis star, is struggling to rebuild his life after a car accident forces the end of his career. Angry at the world's consumerist values and his controlling father, Arnie, whom he blames for being absent during his mother's dying days, Peter is desperately searching for a moment's peace. In an attempt at normality, he heads to a bar for a night out, where he encounters recently divorced and grieving Tess, abandoned and lonely. Finding solace in each other's brokenness, they withdraw to Peter's apartment and begin a sensual love affair. Days of bliss pass by, and when Tess reluctantly tries to leave to deal with the aftermath of her divorce, Peter proposes an idea: isolate themselves in his apartment to create their own reality - CANDiLAND. Now cut off from the world, the tormented lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But their possessive love descends into a surreal savagery as Arnie attempts to reconnect with his son and put an end to CANDiLAND. Written by Motorcycle Boy Productions

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Based on the novel 'Candyland' by award winning Elizabeth Engstrom. See more »

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Dark, Disturbing, weirdly funny sometimes. Positive message.
16 February 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Candiland.

Peter and Tess, two lovers with tragic pasts barricade themselves in their apartment, dubbing it a new surreal reality called "Candiland'. The only figure in their lives fighting to bring them out of their worsening mental and physical states is Arnie, Peter's father/

This movie is visceral, in that you'll be engrossed, disturbed, maybe a little shaken. There are shocking, unpleasant moments, that deal with dark themes and behaviours. James Clayton's sacrifice and performance is worth watching by itself. And Gary Busey is a powerhouse, especially in the scenes where he attempts to visit Candiland.

Not a horror but very psychologically unnerving. I haven't been able to stop thinking about this film since I saw it. A vivid, nightmarish independent film with a strong message about the stigma of mental illness.


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