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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:
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Emily Wang
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Albrecht Hauser
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Elena
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Irene Paolini
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Vernon
Martha Henry ...
Rosemary Hauser
James Johnston ...
Lee Hauser
James Dennis ...
Jay
Rémi Martin ...
Jean-Pierre
Laetitia Spigarelli ...
Sandrine
Arnaud Churin ...
Store Manager
Man Kit Cheung ...
Restaurant Owner
Kurtys Kidd ...
Detective
Shaun Austin-Olsen ...
Record Label Owner
Jodi Crawford ...
Gloria
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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 Huggo

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

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Drama | Music

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

£4,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$136,007 (USA) (14 July 2006)
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Maggie Cheung and Olivier Assayas previously collaborated on Irma Vep (1996). See more »

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

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Neon Golden
Written by Markus Acher and Micha Acher
Performed by The Notwist
Virgin Records Ltd.
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Life Reconstructed
23 February 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Olivier Assayas's 'Clean' takes an in depth look at the life of a young widow who tire to get her life back on track after her former life, that of sex, drugs and rock and roll ended in the death of her husband and a six-month prison sentence. The movie isn't as much about drugs as it is about the struggle of a woman to stay clean and turn her life around in order to prepare herself to be a better mother. The story is told with a lot of subtle dark undertones but it is told with sincerity and there is no pretension about it. Assayas really avoids clichés and his main intention really seems to be to tell a genuine human story. Maggie Cheung delivers a breathtaking performance as the desperate Emily Wang. This is perhaps her final film before she's moved into retirement (though I hope she does come back and do more films because it would be a waste of her talent). Her performance is subtle but it speaks volumes. Likewise, Nick Nolte does an equally amazing job as Emily's sympathetic and strong-minded father-in-law. It is easily one of his best performances. The supporting cast does well too. Beatrice Dalle especially stands out as Emily's friend. In addition, the soundtrack is pretty mesmerizing and it wonderfully adds to the film giving voice to the silent moments. 'Clean' is relevant film especially for those who have survived addiction and still struggle with it every day but that is not to say that it's another one of those preachy this-is-what-you-should-do movies. It has a universal appeal and if Maggie Cheung has chosen this as her last film then it's a fine choice (but of course I hope that she does come back to do more).


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