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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Sam Riley
Samantha Morton
Joe Anderson
Nigel Harris
Toby Kebbell
Tim Plester
Alexandra Maria Lara
Directors
Anton Corbijn
Screenwriters
Matt Greenhalgh
Running Time
122 minutes

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The story of Joy Division - more division than joy


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Plot
In the late ’70s, working-class benefits officer Ian Curtis (Riley) joins Manchester rock band Joy Division. After marrying Deborah (Morton), Curtis is diagnosed with epilepsy and finds the pressure of touring, and later success, increasingly hard to handle.


Verdict
A film about creative and emotional burn-out that says more about the fragility of the soul than any montage of ticket sales and ‘sold out’ signs could ever muster.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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