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Released 2004

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Director:
Olivier Assayas
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
The former successful forty-two years old rock star Lee Hauser is decadent and his friends blame his girlfriend Emily Wang for the fall in his career due to excessive use of drugs. Their son Jay is raised by his grandparents Albrecht Hauser and Rosemary Hauser in Vancouver. When Lee dies of overdose in a motel room, Emily is sentenced to six months in jail. She moves to Paris where she unsuccessfully struggles to keep clean. When she decides to retrieve the guard of her son, she is supported by her father-in-law and finds the necessary strength to rebuild her life.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Albrecht brings out a side of Mr. Nolte rarely seen on the screen, and he gives a deep and touching portrayal of a haggard, beleaguered older man.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Clean is one of those movies that's slightly off the mark in ways that are hard to put a finger on, but it is shot so soulfully and features such beautiful performances that it's e...

  • 40

    Variety David Rooney

    Dramatically pallid and unconvincing. Despite being written for her, the director's "Irma Vep" muse Maggie Cheung seems oddly miscast here and is ill-served by an emotionally under...

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