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Wednesday, June 8, 2005


Posted by on June 8 at 11:17 AM

I just saw the new Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Demonlover) movie, Clean, last night, and it’s definitely worth a look if you have Thursday afternoons free—the next screening is at 2 pm tomorrow at the Uptown. The plot is lame (musician overdoses, crazy bitch addict wife tries to reform and get visitation rights to her adorable son), but Maggie Cheung is really, really good in the lead role, and Nick Nolte ain’t too shabby as Albrecht (what a name!), her late husband’s father. The cinematography—mainly featuring gritty urban blight and factories belching jewel-toned smoke—made me a little weak. That’s exactly the kind of cliched beauty I adore. Downside according to me: bad child actor (possibly due to Assayas not being able to direct actors in English?). Downside according to Sean Nelson: it’s hard to tell if the song Cheung records in the last scene is supposed to be any good or not.