Die Lebensgeschichte von Ian Curtis, Sänger der Band “Joy Division”, der sich 1980 selbst tötete. Der Film beruht auf dem Buch “Touching From A Distance”, das Ians Ehefrau Deborah nach seinem Tod über ihn schrieb.
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It’s made with respect that brakes shy of reverence, lensed in that most striking of formats, widescreen black-and-white, in coarse-grained compositions that mostly stand stock-still, making much of the effect of milky Northern light filtering through the curtains of austere council flats.
A really measured, well thought out depiction of Ian Curtis's life, and death. It looks brilliant - the decision to shoot in black and white really pays off, plus the casting is spot on. An unexpectedly funny and very moving film.
This is the ultimate example of a work of art. A piece that rapidly bewitches us with its haunting cinematography and heartfelt character-driven plot. It is one of the best biopics I've ever had the pleasure to watch. Every frame is flawless and every word carefully handled. Besides, you do not necessarily need to be a fan of Joy Division or even know of Ian Curtis' existence to enjoy this profoundly.
A nice portrayal of the music legend! It's a tragic depressing stories of his life but do justice for the fans of Joy Division and Ian Curtis to know him a little bit better outside his music. Remarkable acting and uniquely shot in black and white!
A suitably stark and serious account that follows a straight line and plays fair with the viewer, although one is left in the dark as to much of the creative influences or processes of Curtis who apart from his health problems remains something of a blank cypher. This is otherwise a subtly stylised work eschewing gimmick and trickery despite an air of reverence which is never quite substantiated.
I really despise this film: First of all what can you make with a 23 year old guys biography if you don't emphasise his band? Why make everyone seem like a jerk? Annik is way more interesting than she is in the movie, she is just a lover, same thing with Deborah. And make Ian an angel out of all these characters? Its just wrong. Well directed and shot, but poor material to work with Love the band but this is too much