Clean (2006) Not your average divorce gift: Clean 's writer-director Olivier Assayas created the role of recovering rock-world druggie Emily Wang for his ex-wife, art-house/action-pic royalty Maggie… 2006-04-28 R PT110M Drama Maggie Cheung Beatrice Dalle Jeanne Balibar Nick Nolte Palm Pictures
Movie Review

Clean (2006)

MPAA Rating: R
OUT OF THE CANNES Cheung's portrayal of a once-jailed druggie seeking custody of her son earned a festival Best Actress prize
OUT OF THE CANNES Cheung's portrayal of a once-jailed druggie seeking custody of her son earned a festival Best Actress prize
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Apr 28, 2006; Rated: R; Length: 110 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Maggie Cheung and Beatrice Dalle; Distributor: Palm Pictures

Not your average divorce gift: Clean's writer-director Olivier Assayas created the role of recovering rock-world druggie Emily Wang for his ex-wife, art-house/action-pic royalty Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love). The story itself is an oddly flat tale of recovery amid lifestyle excesses: Just out of jail, after supplying the heroin on which her rock-star husband OD'd, Emily must qualify to reclaim custody of her young son. (Nick Nolte makes an unlikely father-in-law and guardian.) But the role is a plum — and Cheung was rewarded with the prize for best actress at Cannes in 2004.

Originally posted Apr 19, 2006 Published in issue #874-875 Apr 28, 2006 Order article reprints