**Sealed! Anamorphic Full Screen. English Language with optional Spanish subtitles.
Special Features include:
Candy: The Path to Wild Abandon
Writing on the Wall
Candy's Poem in Motion
Audio Commentary with director Neil Armfield and writer Luke Davies
We’ve all seen movies that circulate around addiction, whether it be substance abuse or recreational activities. The success of their messages can either scare the pants off an audience, urging them to never go down that path, or pull recovering addicts into a reminiscing spell. But Candy is somewhat different. Directed by Neil Armfield and co-written by the novel’s author, Luke Davies, it is a story more about the addiction of being loved and its consequences than of substance abuse.
Heath Ledger plays Dan, a sensitive, almost puppy-like poet who is addicted to heroin. Candy, played by Abbie Cornish, is an artist who falls madly in love with Dan and all of his habits, including the drug. Together they think they’ve found a bliss and complacency unlike anything they’ve ever experienced that would be the envy of any romantic, as well as a "secret glue" holding their world together. Though this euphoria is aided by the opiate, the real drug they fall under the influence of is their infatuation with one another.
The plot unfolds in a calm, linear manner, maneuvering between their comic and desperate efforts to steal from ATMs and snatch appliances to pawn for cash. Their fallbacks in terms of money droughts include Casper (Geoffrey Rush), Dan’s gay and well-to-do mentor who is a chemistry teacher and finds a way to make his own liquid heroin, and Candy’s parents, whom they deceive in order to get money. The two get married and everything seems wonderful until theft, lies, and neediness can no longer keep up with their habit. It is at this time that Candy dives into prostitution, making their relationship a disaster and destroying the boundaries that made the two feel comfortable and balanced.
The strengths of Candy rest in the film’s performances. Unlike the book, which plays more to Dan’s aggressive and selfish demeanor, the script allowed for Dan's more delicate and vulnerable spirit to be shown, rather than revisiting the clich