A {{Biopic}} about Ian Curtis and Music/JoyDivision, directed in 2007 by Creator/AntonCorbijn as his director's debut. Possibly the only straight up biopic that isn't a documentary.
* BreakupSong: "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is played after Curtis and his wife start to fall apart following his distance from her.
* ConvulsiveSeizures: Curtis was an epileptic, so this side of his life is also shown.
* CountryMatters: The band gets Tony Wilson's attention with a note which simply states: "Joy Division, you cunt."
* CultSoundtrack: Interestingly enough the soundtrack album has covers of the originals more than anything else.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The entire film is shot in black-and-white. Justified as the vast majority of existing photos regarding the band are in black-and-white.
* DespairEventHorizon: After [[spoiler: Deborah doesn't return his feelings of staying with him, Ian sends her out which leads to a seizure. He recovers only to finally hit this point and commit suicide]].
* DoomedProtagonist: Everyone knows from the start that Ian Curtis eventually [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]].
* DownerEnding: Ian commits suicide, Deborah ends up distraught (It doesn't help she was raising their daughter) and the band breaks up.
* ForegoneConclusion: Everyone knows the story will end with Ian committing suicide.
* FromBadToWorse: The final Joy Division gig, with Ian frequently ducking off stage in order to combat a worsening seizure, forcing Alan Hempstall of Crispy Ambulance to step in for him. The gig ends in a riot.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Tony tries to comfort Ian with this after the riot under FromBadToWorse, bay saying the band's publicity will help them when they tour the US.
* OopNorth: The film takes place there. In fact the corresponding TV Tropes article used a shot of this movie to illustrate this.
* {{Retirony}}: Played with. Ian commits suicide on the eve of the band's first US tour.
* YourCheatingHeart: The implication of what starts Deborah's relationship with Ian to deteriorate. Ironically, in Real life, both Ian and his 'lover' Annik Honoré were considered just close friends, Annik constantly stating her relationship with Ian was platonic.