This film plays with the roles of victim and perpetrator. It would have been easy for the movie to feel cumbersome with the heavy dialogue and tight camera work (focused with very few wide shots). Instead, I was kept interested in the plot by the incredible performances, Ellen Page especially and unexpectedly. (I’d only known her from the last X-Men movie.) “Hard Candy” is not a light film, but it is worth seeing when you’re in the mood for fine performances and beautiful cinematography.
I was left with the haunting image of a young girl in a red hoodie walking through the woods. Little Red Riding Hood vs. The Wolf. Who’s side are you on?