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Country: UK | USA | Australia | Japan | France, Language: English, 122 mins

  • Director: Anton Corbijn
  • Writer: Deborah Curtis; Matt Greenhalgh
  • Producer: Iain Canning; Anton Corbijn

CGiii Comment

Beautifully done.

The potential for this to be an histrionic nightmare was so obvious that many (especially fans) would have given this a very wide berth - they did according to the box office.

But - Corbijn manages to pull it off with a photographers eye and a bewildering performance by Riley.

It's linear storytelling without frill or gimmick - fine, solid work of mental mayhem and music - Wilson does come across as a screaming, neurotic queen - which may or may not be fact.

Curtis was a sensitive, gentle and deeply confused young man - RIP.


The(ir) Blurb...

Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he's almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him.

Cast & Characters

Sam Riley as Ian Curtis;
Samantha Morton as Debbie Curtis;
Alexandra Maria Lara as Annik Honore;
Joe Anderson as Hooky;
James Anthony Pearson as Bernard Sumner;
Harry Treadaway as Steve Morris;
Craig Parkinson as Tony Wilson;
Toby Kebbell as Rob Gretton;
Andrew Sheridan as Terry;
Robert Shelly as Twinny;
Richard Bremmer as Ian's Father;
Tanya Myers as Ian's Mother;
Martha Myers Lowe as Ian's Sister;
Matthew McNulty as Nick;
David Whittington as Chemistry Teacher

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