Clean (I) (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  1 September 2004 (France)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Wang
Albrecht Hauser
Irene Paolini
Martha Henry ...
Rosemary Hauser
James Johnston ...
Lee Hauser
James Dennis ...
Rémi Martin ...
Laetitia Spigarelli ...
Arnaud Churin ...
Store Manager
Man Kit Cheung ...
Restaurant Owner
Kurtys Kidd ...
Shaun Austin-Olsen ...
Record Label Owner
Jodi Crawford ...


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 Huggo

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When you don't have a choice, you change.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 September 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Czysta  »

Box Office


£4,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,700 (Hong Kong) (17 December 2004)


$136,007 (USA) (14 July 2006)

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Maggie Cheung and Olivier Assayas previously collaborated on Irma Vep (1996). See more »


References Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe (2002) See more »


Written by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
Performed by Brian Eno With Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno
Published by 1983 Virgin EG Records
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Wasted Potential, Flat Execution

This movie is badly written and well acted, which is a shame because you're interested in the characters right away, and the movie begins as though it's going to be a different sort of drug redemption film, one that might just skate the line between glorification and demonization. Instead, the script loses it's emotional way and falls fast into a four star disappointment. Terrible follow-through. Both maggie cheung and nick nolte provide a fair- enough effort, yet their relationship never picks up any developmental speed. The other characters are quasi-interesting, but probably because we never really find out anything about them. Plus, the little boy didn't get the direction he needed, because he sounds like he's reading lines, to the point that you're embarrassed for the filmmakers that they even attempted the hook, line and cute-kid sinker. And finally, the music should be more than just set dressing in a story so critically dependent on rock credibility. Though i'd admit that there were a couple interesting sequences, i wouldn't recommend a film this weak to anyone. The script doesn't nearly get redeemed by any particular virtue of filmmaking.

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