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Fighting a personal battle with epilepsy, romantic troubles with his wife and girlfriend, and the overwhelming success of the band, Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division, commits suicide at the age of 23, the night before embarking on an American tour.
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I am a particular fan of the creative licence taken at the end, where it seems that all the possible factor's leading to Ian's suicide seem to collide in the end. It does a good job of conveying that no one really know the reason Ian took his own life. Whether it was a multitude of factors or just one rising above all the rest.
With a musician like Ian Curtis, who died especially tragically, it would be easy to fall into that trap.
But thankfully, this film avoids that. In fact, it specifically emphasizes the damage Ian caused to his wife and family up to and including his suicide.
It doesn't paint his death as an act of salvation, or as an escape from his suffering.
No, instead it ends on his wife in pain, showing the real selfishness of his suicide.
It paints Ian as more than just this mysterious rock idol. It shows him as human, Deeply flawed, genuinely brilliant, but human.