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London-based Emily Wang gained minor notoriety from her VJ-ing on cable television. She is now more renowned for being the longtime girlfriend and pseudo manager of rock musician Lee Hauser, who seems to be on the brink of stardom. Those that know the couple believe she is a bad influence on him, and is the reason why he is a junkie. After Lee dies from an accidental heroin overdose and Emily is imprisoned for six months on possession charges, she learns that the courts have awarded custody of their young adolescent son, Jay, to Lee's aging parents, Albrecht and Rosemary Hauser, who live in Vancouver. A concerned Albrecht asks that she not attempt to see Jay for at least two years while she cleans up her act so as to give Jay a fighting chance at a decent life. Emily initially agrees, knowing that she is in no position to look after Jay. To regain her life, she decides to move back to her old stomping grounds of Paris. As Emily tries mostly unsuccessfully to become clean while eking ... Written by
It takes a hell of a lot to keep me up past my bedtime, and it was this outstanding performance by Maggie Cheung (Jet Li's Hero, 2046) with support by Nick Nolte (Affliction, The Prince of Tides) that did it.
All you need to know about the film is in the summary. The story of a woman or man trying to battle their demons and get their life on track is as old as film itself. It is Cheung that brings the magic to the story and gives a performance that stands out from the rest. Using three languages was powerful, and certainly puts here a step above others.
Writer and director, Olivier Assayas, provided the perfect vehicle to display Cheung's ability. Cinematography by Eric Gautier (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Motorcycle Diaries) was brilliant.
Cheung fans will be thrilled; others will be amazed at Nolte's ability.
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