“When you’re a filmmaker you have to remain so very close to your youthful ideals, to the things that you have been. You’re sometimes stuck with yourself when you’re an artist. You keep those ideals inside yourself for some reason, and [you] keep on replaying and replaying the same situation of your youth” – Olivier Assayas – http://cinentransit.com/pasado-presente-y-futuro-de-la-teen-movie/#yy
French, yet International, director/screenwriter Olivier Assayas grasps modern times and culture better than anyone, with a touch of rock'n'roll, the hardship of huge corporations and the scent of Asia. "demonlover" in the 2000s is what "L'Avventura" is to the 1960s.
"Clean" is, I think one of his best films and I have almost watched them all (except "Irma Vep"). Each one is really different from the other.