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After she ends up in prison and loses custody of her son, a woman struggles to assimilate outside her former life and remain clean long enough to regain custody of her son.

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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
Ross McKie ...
Vancouver Police 1
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Vancouver Police 2 (as Calum deHartog)
Clare-Marie Grigg ...
Cafeteria Nurse
Paul Brogen ...
Motel Clerk
Xray ...
Themselves
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Aline
David Salsedo ...
Jeff
Mike Hoong ...
Waiter In Restaurant
Régis Vidal ...
Alexis
Jürgen Doering ...
Irene Paolini's Fan (as Jurgen Doering)
Shaun Matheson ...
Police Officer 1
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Police Officer 2
Michelle Palmateer ...
Avis Agent
Paraskevi Antonarakis ...
Manager Of Diner
Shannon Novak ...
Record Label Employee
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Himself
David Roback ...
Himself
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Herself (as Liz Densmore)
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Herself - Metric
James Shaw ...
Himself - Metric
Josh Winstead ...
Himself - Metric
Joules Scott-Key ...
Himself - Metric
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Isabelle Lardin ...
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Directed by

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Olivier Assayas

Written by

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Olivier Assayas ... (written by)

Produced by

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Nathalie Choukroun-Lacoste ... co-producer
Niv Fichman ... producer
Sari Friedland ... line producer
Xavier Giannoli ... producer
Daniel Iron ... co-producer
Xavier Marchand ... producer
Jane Moore ... co-producer
Aline Perry ... executive producer
Rupert Preston ... executive producer
Frédéric Sauvagnac ... line producer
Edouard Weil ... producer

Music by

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Brian Eno
David Roback
Tricky

Cinematography by

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Eric Gautier

Film Editing by

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Luc Barnier

Editorial Department

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Matt Cahill ... post-production coordinator: Canada
Julie Delord ... second assistant editor
Isabelle Julien ... color grader
Sophie Lustière ... color grader
Marion Monnier ... assistant editor

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Shaheen Baig
Antoinette Boulat
John Buchan
Millie Tom
Isabelle Ungaro

Production Design by

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William Fleming ... (as Bill Fleming)
François-Renaud Labarthe

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Cécilia Blom
Ian Greig

Costume Design by

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Anaïs Romand

Makeup Department

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Franck-Pascal Alquinet ... hair stylist
Debra Johnson ... key makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Reza Boirahmady ... assistant unit manager
Jo Farr ... production manager: Canada
Sylvain Marques ... assistant production manager
Adrien Scolan ... unit manager trainee

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Luc Bricault ... second assistant director: France
Bruno Bryniarski ... second assistant director: Canada
Matthew Gledhill ... first assistant director
Laurence Méoc ... second assistant director: France
Alex Oakley ... second assistant director: UK
Elizabeth Parker ... second assistant director: Canada (as Duff Parker)
Jennifer Stock ... second assistant director: Canada

Art Department

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Vincent Amiel ... construction coordinator
Sébastien Assouline ... props buyer
Christophe Graziani ... assistant property master
David Greig ... set dresser
Yvon Moreno ... floor props
Mylene Riccardi ... trainee decorator
Ken Sinclair ... first assistant decorator / lead man

Sound Department

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Annabel Acquaviva ... boom operator
Roman Alexander Buchok ... re-recording mixer (as Al Buchok)
Guadalupe Cassius ... foley editor
Frank Ceven ... assistant foley artist
Pascal Chauvin ... foley artist
Roman Dymny ... sound designer / sound mixer
Bill Flynn ... sound
Richard Flynn ... sound mixer / sound recordist
Herwig Gayer ... sound recordist
Nicolas Moreau ... sound designer / sound mixer
Rob Rouse ... boom operator: Canada
Guillaume Sciama ... sound recordist
Daniel Sobrino ... sound designer
Vincent Vatoux ... assistant sound editor

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Catherine Lebegue ... stunts: France
Thierry Saelens ... stunts: France
John Stoneham Jr. ... stunt coordinator: Canada

Camera and Electrical Department

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Julien Bureau ... first assistant camera
Scott Cowan ... assistant camera
Franck Fiquet ... electrician
Eric Gies ... gaffer
Paf le Chien ... still photographer
Jérôme Lift ... second assistant camera: France
Ludovic Petit ... electrician
Julien Saffroy ... grip
Jean-Pierre Voisin ... electrician

Casting Department

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Aurélie Cerveau ... extras casting assistant
Lionel Guerrini ... casting assistant
François Guignard ... casting assistant
Jonathan Payne ... casting assistant

Location Management

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Chris Morgan ... location manager
Sherry Wolfson ... location manager

Other crew

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Cynthia Amsden ... unit publicist
Amira Bailey ... production assistant (as Mira Bailey)
Sandie Cabrol ... production coordinator
Sara Curran ... legal counsel
Agnès Feuvre ... script supervisor
Clémentine Harland ... production coordinator
Daniel Horvat ... production accountant: Canada
Cory Johnson ... production assistant
Philippe Lévy ... production accountant
Yelena Makarczyk ... localization
François Mathon ... assistant: Maggie cheung
Don McKellar ... script translator
Neil Peplow ... production executive
Matthew Riutta ... caterer
Adrien Scolan ... runner
Matt Tromans ... assistant: Nick Nolte

Thanks

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Matt Tromans ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 out a living doing what she wants to earn money, which is primarily still in the realm of rock music, Rosemary poisons Jay's mind about his mother. Caught in the middle is Albrecht, who, out of personal circumstance, wants Jay to eventually have a relationship with his mother if only because he knows that he and Rosemary will not be able to look after Jay until adulthood and that Emily is the only other family he has. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Kathari (Greece)
  • Очищение (Russia)
  • Czysta (Poland)
  • Clean - Quando il rock ti scorre nelle vene (Italy)
  • Tiszta (Hungary)
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  • 111 min
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Budget GBP4,500 (estimated)

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Trivia Lead actress Maggie Cheung and director Olivier Assayas were already divorced when they made this movie. See more »
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