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Emily Wang(Maggie Cheung) on the surface is a very much a spinoff character of real-life rock chicks like Courtney Love. Her life is falling from grace when her drug addiction causes the death of her husband and jail imprisonment. When she gets released from jail, she seeks a new and Clean life. She hopes to regain custody of her son who's taken care by the grandparents(Nick Nolte, Martha Henry). She also wants to make her comeback as a rock singer and have a normal drug-free life. But it's going to take her a lot of hard work and struggle in order to regain what she's lost. On the road of recovery, she ultimately learns that when she doesn't have a choice, she must change. Through the process of rebuilding her life and career, she learns to let go of her dark past, and move on to become a different person.
Maggie is very powerful in this film. She conveys all the layers of her character so naturally.Read more ›
Though a French film, "Clean" actually begins in the English-speaking section of Canada where Emily and her husband, Lee Hauser, both heroin addicts, are desperately attempting to jumpstart Hauser's fading music career. The couple seems to be patterned somewhat after John Lennon and Yoko Ono, since everyone around them seems to think that Emily's undue influence on him is bringing him down both personally and professionally. When Hauser dies of a drug overdose, Emily - who earned some renown of her own as a music show hostess on an MTV-style interview show on French TV a decade or so back - is arrested for heroin possession and sentenced to six months in prison. Upon her release, she returns to Paris, agreeing not to have any contact with her son until she can kick her drug habit and make a decent life for herself.
As a cautionary tale about drug addiction in the music business, "Clean" doesn't show us anything we haven't already seen in countless films (and VH-1 specials) on this very same subject before. Yet, although the movie is a bit too scattered in its focus at times, when it is zeroing in on the things that really matter - Emily's attempts at overcoming her addiction and her efforts at forging a meaningful relationship with her young son - it is poignant, profound and deeply touching.Read more ›
From Vancouver, she flees to Paris where relatives keep her financially afloat, while her nerves are shipwrecked as she barely survives a waitress job and her illegal pills meant to substitute her depleted methadone supply. She also connects with Jean-Paul who tries to get her inroads to the newest singing sensations. Emily, with some lesbian tendencies, gets paired off with other Parisian acquaintances who provide room and board, including a fan of her MTV work a generation earlier. Every day is a struggle, and, as she recovers, she discovers her feelings, especially to reconnect with Jay who harbors resentment toward his mysterious mother whom he blames for his father's death. Each step Emily takes away from poverty and addiction seems insurmountable.
Authentic and compassionate throughout, 'Clean' is an honest film that offers a fascinating portrayal of the aftermath of drug addiction.
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Great character driven movie. At the core, it is about a mother who played around with her life too long and now wants to get back to normal and be with her son. Read morePublished on November 27, 2006 by Berlin L. Brown
In this film, Maggie Cheung plays Emily, a drug-addicted rock singer whose husband dies of an overdose. She decides to rebuild her life so she can take care of her son. Read morePublished on May 20, 2006 by Jaime Silvela