Maggie Cheung stars as the conflicted and confused Emily Wang in writer/director Olivier Assayas' film. Her past riddled with drug use, crime and the recent death of her (once famous rock-star) partner, Emily begins a journey of self discovery to reconnect with the son she abandoned long ago. Co-starring Nick Nolte and Beatrice Dalle, Clean is an absorbing and haunting film about self discovery and redemption.
Decent indie drama.
- Clean review by Shatner's Bassoon
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This is a fairly decent indie drama revolving around the character of Emily, the ex-partner of a faded rock musician. After Emily and her boyfriend became absorbed in a life of music and drugs she abandoned her son to the care of his paternal grandparents. After her boyfriend Lee dies from a drugs overdose which results in Emily spending six months in jail for drug offenses, the story follows Emily 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. The film follows Emily as she also embarks on 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 very good performance from Nick Nolte as Lee's father Albrecht. While it may not be the best film you've ever seen, if you're a fan on independent cinema then this is well worth a look.