Thursday, April 13, 2006

Manohla Dargis on Clean...


"Maggie Cheung has rarely looked so bad and hurt so good as in CLEAN, Olivier Assayas's film about a junkie struggling to kick. A tough look at addiction - its seductions, stratagems, and self-immolating logic - the film stars Cheung as the wife and would-be manager of a faded rock star. When her husband overdoses, she finds herself without money, friends, and facing a prison term. After parole, she hits the road, eventually landing in Paris, where she tries to rebuild her life inch by inch. Slowly, as Assayas peels away his protagonist's protective covering, revealing the all-too-human creature beneath the spit and poses, we understand that - as with many of his other films - CLEAN is a portrait of aching loneliness, of a radical disconnection."
- Manohla Dargis, from Film Comment

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