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A man in his early 30s (Keane) struggles with the supposed loss of his daughter from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, while fighting serious battles with schizophrenia. We can ... See full summary »
Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly sudden emotional shifts. He clings to his humanity like a raft, barely afloat in a sea of terror. In a brief moment of congruence, he shatters his image reflected in a window, perhaps to more properly align it with his fragmented psyche. During his quest, he runs afoul of the law and an ongoing murder investigation.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
An unconventional film, as schizophrenic in style, as its main character.
It's as if there are two main characters for Clean, Shaven...the lead character played by Peter Greene and the film itself! I have never seen a film that was just as schizophrenic as the main character, and that works well as an advantage because we are observing the story but also trapped in Peter's head the whole time, sharing his mindset. Driving on roads he hears the hum of the telephone wires, the voices buzzing through the lines. By the end of the film you're convinced these things are so real, maybe the things people like him experience ARE real and we just aren't on the same plane as they are.
Peter Greene plays Peter Winter, a just released mental patient in search of his daughter. A detective is on his trail as well believing that Peter is a child serial killer, and of course many strange things occur along the way. Even the house he stays in while visiting his mother seems to have a living, off-kilter personality of its own.
For a review like a film such as this, that is about all you'd need to know because the turn of events in Clean, Shaven are just best experienced. You'll definitely be scratching your head in confusion over some of what you see, but that's the schizophrenic nature of the film, as it is with Peter Winter. You can't fully understand his mind and what is seen and heard, but by witnessing the story you can piece the puzzle together. I had to watch it at least three times to fully comprehend the "girl possibly in the trunk of the car" part of the story, but it was like being invited back to a mystery and daring you to try again! An innovative film that has that kind of power over you to go back in and explore (like the film The Other, another classic) is something that deserves attention.
Minimalistic, unnerving, creepy, and very very brilliant. Clean, Shaven is not for all tastes but will surprise those up for a challenge and will really satisfy those who appreciate unique efforts such as this.
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