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Cleaner
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She
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Anthony
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He
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Virgil
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Billy
Raymond Waring ...
Whizzer
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Grace
Barbara Oxley ...
Cleaner in Swimming Pool
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Kate
Kev Orkian ...
Waiter
George Antoni ...
Kitchen Boss (as George Yiasoumi)
Beryl Scott ...
Cleaner in Laboratory
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Aunt
Lol Coxhill ...
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In this film, told almost entirely in iambic pentameter, She is a scientist in a loveless marriage to Anthony, a devious politician. He is a Lebanese doctor in self-imposed exile, working as a chef in a London restaurant. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But the contempt He perceives as a Muslim immigrant to the UK causes him to break up with She, offering little in the way of explanation, and return to his homeland. She drags his reasons out of him little by little and tries to sympathize. Keenly feeling the loss of his love, She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and in the cabarets. She sends him a ticket, but harbors no illusions that He will join her in this Carribean melting pot... Written by Joe Jurca

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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£1,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,451 (USA) (24 June 2005)

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$396,035 (USA) (23 September 2005)
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Director 'Sally Potter' told Joan Allen to think of the dialog, which is in verse, more in the line of Eminem than William Shakespeare. She even took the actress to Def Poetry Jam, a night of spoken word that ran on Broadway courtesy of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons to experience it. See more »

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As "He" is chopping celery and talking to his crew, the knife in his hands changes from shot to shot. One shot has pieces of celery stuck to the knife while the other shows a clean blade. See more »

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Cleaner: And, in the end, it simply isn't worth / Your while to try and clean your life away. / You can't. For, everything you do or say / Is there, forever. It leaves evidence. / In fact it's really only common sense; / There's no such thing as nothing, not at all. / It may be really very, very small / But it's still there. In fact I think I'd guess / That "no" does not exist. There's only "yes".
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Yes, it's amazing
9 November 2004 | by (Albuquerque, US) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Telluride Film Festival and cannot wait to watch it over and over again. It was by far the festival favorite for everyone I talked to (minus a few teenage boys).

Sally Potter does a wonderful job of turning what could be a cliché story about a white woman falling in love with a man from the middle east into a socially, sexually, and emotionally conscious film.

The style itself is truly Potter with breathtaking cinematography that plays color and costume together in a well choreographed filmic space.

The use of verse throughout the film only adds to the plot and the characters' intensity.

All I can say is go see it, you will not be sorry. 10/10


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