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Clean (2004)

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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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Olivier Assayas

Writer:

Olivier Assayas
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Cheung ... Emily Wang
Nick Nolte ... Albrecht Hauser
Béatrice Dalle ... Elena
Jeanne Balibar ... Irene Paolini
Don McKellar ... Vernon
Martha Henry Martha Henry ... Rosemary Hauser
James Johnston James Johnston ... Lee Hauser
James Dennis James Dennis ... Jay
Rémi Martin Rémi Martin ... Jean-Pierre
Laetitia Spigarelli Laetitia Spigarelli ... Sandrine
Arnaud Churin Arnaud Churin ... Store Manager
Man Kit Cheung Man Kit Cheung ... Restaurant Owner
Kurtys Kidd Kurtys Kidd ... Detective
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Record Label Owner
Jodi Crawford Jodi Crawford ... Gloria
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Huggo

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motel | jail | singer | money | junkie | See All (163) »

Taglines:

When you don't have a choice, you change.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Canada | UK

Language:

French | English | Cantonese

Release Date:

1 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Clean - Quando il rock ti scorre nelle vene See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,953, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$138,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,892,685
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Connections

References Barb Wire (1996) See more »

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Down in the Light
Written by David Roback
Performed by Maggie Cheung
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Stylish, moodily entertaining, with verisimilitude.
5 August 2007 | by Branimir9000-01See all my reviews

Just saw this on Sundance Channel and was quietly but firmly impressed. ALL performances were top notch, yes. even the little boy's. Nick Nolte is the damned finest actor of his generation probably and Miss Cheung is terrific in her French and English speaking role. I admit to some ignorance of her career, but from my limited perspective, seeing her performances botched by inscrutable kung fu editing and bad subtitling, it was almost a revelation to see her subdued and so movingly...human. (Same to be said for her contemporary Michelle Yeoh, by the way, in her non-Hong Kong stuff.) I'm a sucker for style and this film has some. Points for incidental 70's Brian Eno music snippets.

I'm not a recovery expert and thusly do not subscribe to strict 12 step voodoo dogma, so I believed this character.


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