When Candy (Cornish), an artist, meets Dan (Ledger), a would-be poet, their mutual attraction blossoms. But their love for each other is inextricably caught up with another passion, a shared taste for heroin. As desire gives way to need, their dependence and shared emotional and physical slide into oblivion. Hooked as much on heroin as on one another, their story becomes an intense love triangle - a boy, a girl, and a drug.
I am not a fan of drug related films, but for some reason I put this in my list. When it started playing I found myself engrossed, and although there was no strong storyline in as much as there was no edge of the seat drama, it is a story that could be told over and over again in real life.
As their addiction grows you find a sense of sympathy for them, realising how easy it has been for them to fall into their new found lifestyle. One of the most shocking things for me was the lengths at which they'd both go to feed their habit, nothing was sacred anymore.
Things take a turn for the worst and she gets pregnant - but will she be able to cope with a baby and her addiction? Is the baby her boyfriends or one of her punters?
Either way this film is gripping for different reasons, other than edge of the seat thrills. It opens your eyes to a world which you'd otherwise only read about in the papers.