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3.3
663 Ratings

Clean

Directed by Olivier Assayas
France, Canada, 2004
Drama

Synopsis

Famous Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung plays a drug-addicted wife of a rock-star. After her husband dies, she must fight to get her life together and regain custody of their child.

Clean Directed by Olivier Assayas
The film deploys its humanistic style in the service of legitimately interesting humans, who relate to each other in plausible, demanding, and affecting ways… Its sense of space and of place are beyond reproach, and without a Babel-like bone in its body, it captures the essence of a contemporary life lived across the outmoded borders of nation, region, genre, or conventionally defined gender roles—a life riven with self-destructive impulses but beginning to sound the first notes of stability.
January 01, 2007
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Assayas, always a director unusually attentive to locking together song and image, whose proposed next project is a concert movie with Sonic Youth, has made his first real rock ‘n’ roll film here—and an excessively astute one, at that… Beyond its function as a kick-the-habit melodrama—though it is that at base, and a restrained, remarkably modulated example of its type—Clean enacts a marketplace tragedy, a kind-of rock music New Grub Street for the era of global capitalism.
July 13, 2006
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Assayas embraces the conventions and then transcends them – that is, no matter how many dozens of movies we’ve seen about junkies trying to go straight or how the death of a loved one can sark survivors to re-examine their own lives, the emotional truthfulness of Clean enters into our bloodstreams with its muted vigor, and we find ourselves getting hooked by this tale of getting unhooked.
May 19, 2006
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