Clean [2004] [DVD]

Clean [2004] [DVD]

Clean [2004] [DVD]

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Chinese ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: ***WARNING***Mix language audio with English subtitles***Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung) is a woman who wrestles with her dream of becoming a singer, her fitness as a mother, and daily life without her partner Lee (James Johnston). Her past is riddled with drugs and regrets, the result of which left Lee dead in a desolate motel room in Hamilton, Ontario, and landed Emily with a six-month jail sentence. The only thing that she desires for the future is a loving relationship with her son Jay, who is being cared for by Lee’s parents, Albrecht (Nick Nolte) and Rosemary (Martha Henry). While Rosemary blames Emily for the death of Lee, Albrecht recognizes the importance of the bond between a mother and her son, and his faith sets the standard for the faith Emily must find in herself. Clean follows Emily to Hamilton, Paris, London and San Francisco and in three languages (English, French and Cantonese), as she battles for a place in a world reluctant to forget the woman she has been and unwilling to accept her as the woman she longs to be. Winner of Best Actress for Maggie Cheung at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, …Clean

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  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Avoids the cliches of drug films, and Nolte is terrific, 20 Jun. 2011
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Clean [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
    Maggie Cheung plays a junkie rock ex-semi-star. Her common law husband, also a never-quite-made-it rocker in decline dies of a heroin overdose. She spends 6 months in prison for possession. Meanwhile her young son is being raised by her dead husband’s parents.

    Nick Nolte, as the grandfather does some terrific, nuanced work as a flinty man, with a soft heart.

    He won’t let Cheung see her son until she gets her life together, which she circuitously
    does, weaning herself off drugs, getting basic work, and eventually starting the process of reconnecting to her son, especially as Nolte realizes, with his wife dying, and his own aging, the boy will eventually need his mother.

    The film avoids the usual clichés and sensationalism of drug movies – no throwing
    up or screaming withdrawals. It’s low key and real, filled with small moments of life
    rather than than dramatic highlights. It’s willing to have lead characters who are unlikable
    and selfish at times, and yet still makes us care for, and be moved by them.

    But there’s also a flatness to it. And a sense of familiarity and predictability to the plot, if
    not the execution. It’s great that it doesn’t fall into melodrama, but it feels distanced. As
    one critic put it `it avoids moralizing, but fails to replace it with anything’. A bit harsh, but
    not without some truth.

    Also, Cheung, while very good in spots, never seems believable as a junkie; she’s gorgeous healthy looking and luminous on drugs or off.

    On the other hand the photography is beautiful, and the score is filled with wonderful and effective music by Brian Eno.

    Worth a look for the acting, and the small grace moments throughout.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The road to redemption., 5 April 2010
    Ernie (Kent) –

    This review is from: Clean [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
    Clean revolves around the character of Emily Wang, the ex-partner of a faded rock musician named Lee Hauser.
    When Emily and her boyfriend became absorbed in a life of music and drugs she abandoned her son to the care of his paternal grandparents, and after Lee dies from a drugs overdose, which results in Emily spending six months in jail for drug offences, the story follows her on her journey to both redeem herself of her past and to regain the trust of Lee’s parents in order to rebuild the relationship with her estranged child.
    As well as her emotional journey, the film also follows Emily as she embarks on building her own music career which takes her to various cities around the world and features cameos from various real life musicians like Tricky, Metric’s Emily Haines and Mazzy Star’s David Roback.
    As you would expect from this type of film the quality of acting is high with a subtle but commanding performance from Nick Nolte as Lee’s father Albrecht, and while it may not be the best film you’ve ever seen, if you’re a fan of independent cinema then this is an enjoyable and rewarding film and well worth a look.
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