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6,821 Ratings


Set in Manchester during the 1970s, this biopic profiles the life of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic lead singer of post-punk band Joy Division, who committed suicide at the age of 23 just as the band was on the brink of international fame and fortune.

Our take

The story of Joy Division is given impecable treatment by auteur Anton Corbijn, who photographed the post-punk band in their heyday. Recalling the minimalist monochrome of Corbijn’s photography, this moody portrait of a doomed star features an electric and uncanny performance by Sam Riley.