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Clean (2006)

Clean

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

April 01, 2006 (NY, LA)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

90 min.

Studio

Palm Pictures

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Olivier Assayas

Producer

Sarah Perry, Niv Fichman, Xavier Giannoli, Xavier Marchand, Edouard Weil

Screenwriter

Olivier Assayas, Malachy Martin, Sarah Perry

Starring

  • Maggie Cheung
  • Don McKellar
  • Nick Nolte as Albrecht Hauser
  • Beatrice Dalle
  • Laura Smet
  • Jeanne Balibar
  • Ian Brown
  • Tricky
  • Paolo Cascardo
  • Patrick Fabian
  • Tamara Mello

Story


Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung) is a woman who wrestles with her dream of becoming a singer, her fitness as a mother, and daily life without her partner Lee (James Johnston). Her past is riddled with drugs and regrets, the result of which left Lee dead in a desolate motel room in Hamilton, Ontario, and landed Emily with a six-month jail sentence. The only thing that she desires for the future is a loving relationship with her son Jay, who is being cared for by Lee's parents, Albrecht (Nick Nolte) and Rosemary (Martha Henry). While Rosemary blames Emily for the death of Lee, Albrecht recognizes the importance of the bond between a mother and her son, and his faith sets the standard for the faith Emily must find in herself. Clean follows Emily to Hamilton, Paris, London and San Francisco and in three languages (English, French and Cantonese), as she battles for a place in a world reluctant to forget the woman she has been and unwilling to accept her as the woman she longs to be.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a surprisingly upbeat, hopeful film that is worth seeing despite its flaws..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
“..the ending, when at last it comes, is cheap and undeserved, and sullies what good had come before...”
by Jonathan Trout [BBC Films]
“..admittedly very well made, but ultimately fails to engage the audience throughout..”
by David Nusair [Reel Film Reviews]