Film Screening 28th October, 2006

Poster for Candy


8:00 PM, 28th October, 2006

  • MA
  • 108 mins
  • 2006
  • Neil Armfield
  • Neil Armfield, Luke Davies
  • Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tony Martin, Noni Hazlehurst

A story of love blinded by pleasure; Candy (Cornish) and Dan (Ledger) are two lovers gripped in a blissful world of heroin. As their passion and obsession fluctuate, their world spins out of control with drug buddy (Rush) and parents (Hazlehurst and Martin) looking on. This movie challenges the viewer to ask, why is the road for happiness usually paved with pleasures of the physical? How, without the contrast of sadness, can you fully experience happiness? Or does the experience of an extreme pleasure usually have an equal extreme opposite? Hmmm... lets go eat some chocolate.

Poster for 5_2


10:48 PM, 28th October, 2006

  • MA
  • 90 mins
  • 2004
  • Fran((ccedil))ois Ozon
  • Fran((ccedil))ois Ozon, Emmanu((egrave))le Bernheim
  • Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, St((eacute))phane Freiss, G((eacute))raldine Pailhas

If time was not a uni-directional linear constraint, a sad story could be given a happy ending simply by relating it backwards. In 5x2, French director Fran((ccedil))ois Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool) does just that.From the very first scene, this film is fatalistic: a dead-pan divorce sealed with a sinister act of love. This is followed by a dinner party brandishing disloyalty and distrust, the birth of a child sequestered by abandonment, a wedding night consummating infidelity,[H6] and a sun-drenched first encounter with the promise of everything.These 5' pivotal interludes in the lives of '2' people, Marion (Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles (Freiss), hence the title 5x2, retrace their relationship from its bitter ending in a divorce suit to its sweet romantic beginnings in an inviting Italian seaside resort. No attempt is made to romanticise the main characters. They are unveiled, layer by layer, in all their pathos and human frailty. 5x2 is fraught with Ozon's very French fascination with ambiguity and uncertainty in relationships. Yet, this film is not a twisted diatribe. It does not seek to judge but honestly reveals how lies and deceit can be such an unfitting foundation for marriage. There are no victims in this film, only impostors in the realm of love.

Nandhini Nagaratnam