A great drama that shows addiction knows no border line and no nationalities. A great central performance from Maggie Cheung leads the film as it demonstrates the difficulties involved with getting over bad habits.
Maggie is good but poorly used. Cinematically its incredibly unimaginative. But outside of Irma Vep thats how I tend to feel about Assaya's. He is one of the more overrated Directors in the world. Just not a good movie
Extremely pretentious, poorly scripted, badly acted, po-faced film. Spent more time trying to go for cool points than developing the story (why exactly did it involve London and Paris, Mazzy Star, Metric, etc?). I think Cheung must be the most unconvincingly radiant junkie in the history of cinema. Then there's the scandalous over saturation of 'An ending (ascent)'.....
It's the first time in a few years that I've seen Clean, which had always been my least favorite Assayas. I've softened to it for whatever reason. It's the most sentimental film I've seen from the director, and while it sags in the middle and has an overall pretty clunky script, that closing scene where Maggie Cheung goes full on Lou Reed—I bawled.
Drugs are bad, mmm-kay?
This film was worse than drugs. It gets two stars because of Nick Nolte. In fact, watch "The Good Thief" instead for a better cinematic treatment of the drug-addled struggle.
Also, the choice of Brian Eno's "An Ending (Ascent)" as the leitmotif music is particularly galling to me, as it was used 4 years prior for the closing titles of "Traffic", Soderbergh's 2000 film about the drug trade.
surprised to see how many ppl here didn't react to the story. maybe it's because I knew enough real life grandparents-mother-child conflict/resolutions? or maybe I'm just a "Lifetime channel" melodrama junkie!? it wasn't earth shattering nor tear pouring, but so isn't life usually.
cinematography, directing & acting all worked seamlessly towards the plot. "name-dropping" wasn't a problem for me b/c I'm too ignorant
Great performances, direction and camera work.
I understand people's love for the film. It's just not for me. I didn't respond to the subject matter. (Just don't care about these kinds of stories). But that's just me. I totally get why others do. No worries.