Film, Drama
Amour fou, indeed. This slightly over-familiar but neatly told story of a sexual/romantic passion at once partly fuelled and blighted by drug addiction focuses on an engaging young Australian couple: would-be poet Dan (Heath Ledger), and budding young artist Candy (Abbie Cornish), whom Dan introduces, a little reluctantly but with predictably terrible results, to heroin. That the stages in their relationship are portentously marked out in three chapter headings – Heaven, Earth and Hell  – points to a certain schematism in the narrative, though the initial lack of sermonising and the uniformly strong performances (Ledger is especially effective, while Noni Hazlehurst and Tony Martin provide sterling support as Candy’s understandably anxious parents) together manage to carry the day. Armfield’s confident direction alternates between expressive and just a little too flashy, but is overall sufficiently fresh and imaginative for even the darker scenes of embittered break-up to avoid being as dramatically tiresome as they usually are in such fare.

By: Geoff Andrew


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday November 3 2006
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Neil Armfield
Screenwriter: Neil Armfield, Luke Davies
Cast: Heath Ledger
Abbie Cornish
Geoffrey Rush
Noni Hazlehurst
Tony Martin

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5 / 5

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The performances, script, everything in this film is perfect. :] [summarizing what could take up 4259682049856 pgs.]

A moving film with brilliant performances from both Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish. The horror of heroin dependance stayed with me long after the film ended. Sad, yet beautiful.