Indeed, it is arguably one of the most important films of the decade. 'The Candy Shop' is described by its creators as “a fairytale about the sexual exploitation of children”, and this proves to be a remarkably clear and succinct summary of the film, which aims at bringing to light the terrible reality of child sex trafficking through a symbolic format. In tackling such a significant social issue, 'The Candy Shop' rightfully deserves praise and attention, but what is all the more remarkable is the quality of the film itself. Other films might have been content in bringing this topic to light, but Whitestone has shown its commitment to the cause it champions by making a truly incredible film. In many ways, 'The Candy Shop' is like Willy Wonka meets Sweeney Todd with a truly sinister edge. The film opens with its main character, a boy named Jimmy, tending his bedridden mother. Jimmy, it is revealed, works as a paper boy for a local grocer across the street from the titular Candy Shop. The Candy Shop, whose patrons are all adult men, is managed by its mysterious owner (played by the truly incomparable Doug Jones), who is dressed and made up in the manner of some sinister clown; during the one scene where the owner is seen without his makeup, he is revealed to be not merely sinister but withered and deformed as well, qualities that he hides behind his jovial disguise.