'Candy' is an Australian film, a love story between two junkies. The movie divides itself into three parts: Heaven, Earth, and He||. Dan (played by talented and memorable Heath Ledger - RIP Heath) and Candy (Abbie Cornish) have a love that's true. Their highs are high and their lows are low. At one point, after spiking up and nodding off during their wedding reception at Candy's parents, they sit outside McDonald's sipping chocolate shakes and declaring "We're the coolest people at McDonald's".
Their days are spent hitting up friends and family for money, stealing, hawking what possessions they have, and finally turning to prostitution to feed their heroin habits. They speak of the clean life, yet scoff at it when their next fix is due. Best friend Casper (Geoffrey Rush) winds out taking them in. Casper is their homo$exual father figure and sometimes provider. Dan and Candy's lifestyles go up and down, depending on their drug use. Candy confesses to a rent-collector that "I'm a prostitute and he's worthless, we don't have any money". Their lives deteriorate though pregnancy, miscarriage, and eventual nervous breakdown. Can a love this true withstand the trials of heroin, heartbreak, time, and tragedy?
The movie is based on the novel 'Candy' written by Luke Davies. (Watch for Davies in the film, in his cameo of the milkman) The novel is one of the best books I've ever read, Davies puts a whisper of poetry into his words, making them beautiful and hypnotic. While the movie stays close to the book, there is the added role of Casper, and the fact that Dan and Candy fight more in the film than in the book. Certain parts are left out, like the lazy day spent picking crabs off each other. If you like the movie, you really MUST read the book. The acting is superb in this film (what a tragedy to lose Heath Ledger). The costume designer captured the "look" of the addict, especially with Dan's greasy, unkept look. The script was well done and the atmosphere is perfect. Rent first, then buy. Enjoy!