Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Oh Maggie!

From The New York Observer
April 19, 2006
by Rex Reed

Maggie Cheung, the beguiling veteran actress who collected critical raves like daffodils in the films of such formidable directors as Wong Kar Wai, Wayne Wang and Zhang Yimou, won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 for Clean. Now that it’s finally opening commercially in the U.S., no need to ask why. Speaking French, Cantonese and fluent English, she catalogs every up and down on the carousel of a recovering drug addict with a mix of despair, pain, strength, realism and poignancy that is mesmerizing.

. . . Mr. Assayas wrote the elegant screenplay expressly for Ms. Cheung, and her transformation is riveting, her every move, statement and facial expression suffused with a fragile, complex grace. Her English is patrician and perfect, and she even performs her own musical numbers. Mr. Nolte is, in a word, endearing. Filmed in the scenic beauty of a Canadian fishing village as well as the bright lights of Paris, London and San Francisco, Clean is a stunning visual treat and a resounding testament to pragmatism and faith. Life-affirming without sentimentality, it’s an admirable accomplishment.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should fix the link from this:
http://http://www.observer.com/20060424/20060424_Rex_Reed_culture_rexreed.asp

to this:

http://www.observer.com/20060424/20060424_Rex_Reed_culture_rexreed.asp

2:33 PM  
Anonymous CA said...

Does anyone know who made the leather jacket Cheung wears in most of this film?

4:49 PM  

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