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Clean

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Clean

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
110 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/28/06
performer:
Maggie Cheung, Beatrice Dalle, Jeanne Balibar, Nick Nolte
director:
Olivier Assayas
distributor:
Palm Pictures
author:
Olivier Assayas
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Not your average divorce gift: Clean‘s writer-director Olivier Assayas created the role of recovering rock-world druggie Emily Wang for his ex-wife, art-house/action-pic royalty Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love). The story itself is an oddly flat tale of recovery amid lifestyle excesses: Just out of jail, after supplying the heroin on which her rock-star husband OD’d, Emily must qualify to reclaim custody of her young son. (Nick Nolte makes an unlikely father-in-law and guardian.) But the role is a plum — and Cheung was rewarded with the prize for best actress at Cannes in 2004.