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May 22, 2007

Hard Candy

Hard Candy is a psychological thriller that keeps you riveted on the edge of your seat, with knitted brows for almost two hours. The frames, tight close-ups against bold single colors provided by the setting - a modernist house of an art photographer, imparts the feeling that you are inside the character. You switch your loyalties many times with each return volley served by the two characters.

Ellen Page is intense and believable as a teenage over-achiever with a cause written in stone and nothing is going to deter her from her course, not even an innocuous looking photographer(Patrick Wilson) of the models. For her portrayal of Hayley - the teenage protagonist in this film Page won the Best Actress Award from the Austin Film Critics Association. This is also the first film of the British director, David Slade.