Children of drug addicts -- Drama, Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- Drama, Grandparent and child -- Drama, Grandparents as parents -- Drama, Mothers and sons -- Drama, Parent and adult child -- Drama, Single mothers -- Drama



Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Béatrice Dalle, Jeanne Balibar,

Maggie Cheung was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of a junkie trying to get clean for the sake of her young son in Olivier Assayas’s moving drama of drugs, rock and roll, and family dynamics. After her rock musician husband dies from an overdose, heroin addict Emily (Cheung) must attempt recovery if she hopes ever to see her child, currently cared for by her husband’s parents. Her father-in-law (a surprisingly tender, poetic Nick Nolte) is, at least, receptive to reconciliation. The second of Cheung’s collaborations with Assayas, Clean finds both director and actress at their most humane and open.

Jason Sanders
  • Olivier Assayas
  • Eric Gautier
  • English
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 111 mins
  • Palm Pictures

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The films of Olivier Assayas (program note), Anthology Film Archives, 2008

Clean and sober (review), L.A. Weekly, Scott Foundas, 2006

Love in vein (review), Village Voice, Michael Atkinson, 2006

Clean (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Manohla Dargis, 2005

Clean (review), Variety, David Rooney, 2004

Clean (program note), Vancouver International Film Festival, 2004

Clean (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 2004

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