SFiFF Reviews ii: HARD CANDY


Directed by David Slade, Written by Brian Nelson
Genre: Drama /Thriller

Plot Outline: A provocative drama about a 32-year-old man who takes home a 14-year-old girl he meets on the Internet–with surprising consequences.

Credited cast:
Patrick Wilson …. Jeff Kohlver
Ellen Page …. Hayley Stark
Sandra Oh …. Judy Tokuda
Jennifer Holmes …. Janelle Rogers
MPAA :Rated R for disturbing violent and aberrant sexual content involving a teen, and for language. Runtime: USA:103 min

Hard Candy was at Sundance last year and was picked up for distribution by Lion’s Gate. This film was a pre-festival freebie. The Director, David Slade and principal actress, Ellen Page did a Q&A after.


Hard Candy opens in San Francisco April 28, 2006

This is a two person drama, the other credited characters occupy about two minutes screen time, total. This is an awesome, powerful commentary on pedophilia—not to worry, nothing of that nature happens on screen—but when a handsome 32 year old professional photographer meets a 14 year old girl on the internet, and then meets her in a coffee shop, and then takes her to his house/studio (who is the aggressor here?), the subject comes up.

I can”t tell you more than that, to protect the plot. I can tell you that the acting is brilliant, in concert with the story, direction and screen effects, I especially liked the way the scenes transition. The music is an original score, and must have been great, because I can”t remember it at all, but “Psycho killer, qu’est que c’est” kept running through my head. I”m reluctant to label it a psychological thriller, but there are a lot of mind games going on and I can tell you that I was unsure of who to root for much of the time; and at the end, I couldn”t get out of my seat for a few minutes.
mrating ****~

The San Francisco International Film Festival will run from April 20 to May 4. I”m volunteering for the Info Booth and plan to attend as many of the films as I can work in to my schedule. Bear in mind that, for the most part, these are independent films and many have not been picked up for distribution, so they may not be playing at a “theater near you” anytime soon. On the other hand, some of the foreign films may have already been released in Europe.

As a public service, I will post brief reviews. My ratings are based on
5 stars ***** with a tilde ~ being half-a-star.

Happy viewing, or in any case, keep your eyes on rectorsite.com.


2 thoughts on “SFiFF Reviews ii: HARD CANDY

  1. Yeah, Tom sent me the link.
    But it got two BIG Thumbs Up from Ebert & Roeper last night.
    Stay tuned for more, it just opened in New York and LA.


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