Candy
You could have at least brought a blanket – sex in the woods can be uncomfortable.

Theatrical Release Date: 05/25/2006 (Australia), 11/17/2006 (USA)
Director: Neil Armfield
Cast: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush

The story of two lovers caught up in drug addiction, “Candy” is a grim look at what happens when people lose control of themselves to substance abuse.

Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish play a wonderfully screwed up couple, so hell bent on their love for each other and their drugs that before they know it, they’re neck deep in a life they can barely manage.

They’re good people, like any other … who lose their way and struggle to get a foothold on life. Attempts to right their listing ship are well intentioned but ineffective and the audience watches as they descend into oblivion.

Their performances are excellent, some of the best work in their careers.

“Candy” is something far more effective than any anti-drug campaign on TV, as it doesn’t show some buffoon being ostracized for smoking a joint. Ledger and Cornish are ruining their lives and it is anything but glamorous.

Like other drug-themed films such as “Trainspotting” and “Requiem for a Dream”, your inclination to dabble in illicit narcotics is dampened sitting through this film.

Geoffrey Rush, Tony Martin and Noni Hazlehurst co-star in the film and do their usual best.

Far from light hearted, you had best be looking for something a lot heavier than the latest romantic comedy when checking out “Candy”. I’m giving it a 3 out of 5. I know that sounds low based on what I’ve said but while the performances are good, the film overall suffers a bit from a lack of momentum and it’s easy to become restless.

Still, fans of Australian cinema especially will find favor with this film, as director Neil Armfield composited a number of beautiful camera shots using the natural splendor of the land down under, and while there are a lot of better films in the genre, this stands up as a pretty good one.