Clean

Clean

Director: Olivier Assayas Cast: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Béatrice Dalle
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Overview

Clean

A woman throws herself into a last-ditch struggle to conquer her demons in this gritty drama from director Olivier Assayas. Lee Hauser (James Johnston) is a faded rock star who lives with his wife, Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung), the former host of a European music video show, in a small town in Western Canada. Both Lee and Emily have been battling drug addiction for years, and when Lee finally dies of an OD, Emily finds herself charged with possession of heroin and ends up spending six months in jail. Lee and Emily's son, Jay (James Dennis), has been living with his paternal grandparents, Albrecht (Nick Nolte) and Rosemary (Martha Henry), and while Emily is eager to see her son after getting out of jail, Albrecht persuades her that she needs to get herself clean before she can reconnect with Jay. Determined to get off methadone, Emily relocates to France, where she scares up a job as a waitress and moves in with her old friend Elena (Béatrice Dalle). Emily's attempts to start a new career and stay off drugs prove to be an uphill battle, and she doesn't appear to be winning her fight when she learns that Albrecht and Jay will be accompanying Rosemary to London for medical treatment when Rosemary contracts a serious illness -- and that Albrecht is considering making a side trip to Paris. Clean was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/2006
UPC: 0660200313722
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:51:00

Special Features

Interviews with Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Oliver Assayas, Tricky and Metric; 5.1 Dolby surround sound; US theatrical trailer; Palm previews; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Cheung Emily Wang
Nick Nolte Albrecht Hauser
Béatrice Dalle Elena
Jeanne Balibar Irene Paolini
Don McKellar Vernon
Martha Henry Rosemary Hauser
James Johnston Lee Hauser
James Dennis Jay
Laetitia Spigarelli Sandrine
Tricky Actor
Liz Densmore Actor
David Roback Actor
Emily Haines Actor
Ian Brown Actor
Laura Smet Actor
Remi Martin Jean-Pierre

Technical Credits
Olivier Assayas Director,Screenwriter
Shaheen Baig Casting
Luc Barnier Editor
Antoinette Boulat Casting
John Buchan Casting
Niv Fichman Producer
Bill Fleming Production Designer
Bill Flynn Sound/Sound Designer
Éric Gautier Cinematographer
Herwig Gayer Sound/Sound Designer
Xavier Giannoli Producer
Matthew Gledhill Asst. Director
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe Production Designer
Xavier Marchand Producer
David Roback Score Composer
Anais Romand Costumes/Costume Designer
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Sobrino Sound/Sound Designer
Millie Tom Casting
Edouard Weil Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Clean
1. Doing Deals [6:54]
2. Bad Influence [5:52]
3. Overdose [5:10]
4. Jail Time [3:01]
5. Settling Accounts [9:00]
6. Paris [5:21]
7. Emily's Music [6:38]
8. Sandrine [3:34]
9. Tricky [12:37]
10. I've Changed [7:57]
11. A New Home [2:54]
12. A Visit to the Hospital [3:08]
13. A New Job [6:25]
14. Dashed Hopes [4:46]
15. You Have My Word [10:40]
16. A Deal [7:38]
17. Recording [5:24]
18. End Credits [3:26]

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Clean 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this film the other day and found it rather intriguing. This is pretty much a simple story, a little overlong in places to the point that it does not lose pace or interest in the main characters plight. In here we have Maggie Cheung whom plays Emily Wang, a woman in Hamilton, Ontario, with a past of drug addiction and other life-ruining things. Following a raid, her son gets taken away from her and sent to live with his grandfather Albrecht (Nolte) in Vancouver, B.C. So, Maggie decides to restart her life in Paris. While visiting London, Albrecht takes the grandson to Paris to visit her, and then has to face a moral dilemma about whether or not keeping the boy from his mother is a good idea. This is a poignant, and sometimes meandering study of one woman's uphill battle to sobriety, “Clean” is one of those movies that sneak up on you with a plot that continually puts the heroine in the flimsy position of not knowing if her own demons will give in to her will to survive or consume her. Maggie Cheung gives a great performance as well as James Dennis, as her son, who probably has the strongest lines with the rejection to his mother. Nick Nolte performs an experienced nice man that believes in forgiveness, but he, actor, seems to be tired. Maggie is on-screen almost all the time except when scenes switch to London to focus on Albrecht, his mother, and Jay (and their anger towards Emily), and her performance is an absolutely moving tour-de-force. The camera clearly loves focusing on her alabaster face, deep eyes, and her low-pitched voice as she moves effortlessly from British English to Cantonese then to French. I didn’t even know she spoke French and she speaks it very well. During this film the most touching scene was in the Vincennes Zoo with the boy and Emily who manages a heart-to-heart chat that convinces her son she's not why his dad died -- and might deserve to be his full-time mom. Several brief scenes between Nolte and Cheung does show mutual empathy ("I believe in forgiveness," he tells her) by this being said it gives some emotional authenticity to this film. The inconclusive end makes the optimistic viewer like me believes in a final redemption of Emily, but it is open to different interpretations. If you are a fan of Maggie Cheung, then this movie is for you!