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3.8
806 Ratings

Clean, Shaven

Directed by Lodge Kerrigan
United States, 1993
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Lodge Kerrigan’s raw, ravaging Clean, Shaven is a headfirst dive into the mindscape of a schizophrenic as he tries to track down his daughter after he is released from an institution.

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Clean, Shaven Directed by Lodge Kerrigan
As articulate as the film may be on a stylistic level — especially for a first-time filmmaker — it might be Greene's performance that finally seals the film's force. Channeling a wave of frazzled insecurity and violent confusion, Greene, in only his second screen performance, makes Peter Winter's pain communicable to the viewer, and, in doing so, confirms Clean, Shaven as a film that hurts in an authentically unforgiving way.
January 26, 2013
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[Clean, Shaven] is unrepentantly unpleasant, a formal and thematic assault on institutional depictions of mental illness... It's at once viscerally off-putting and emotionally and intellectually engrossing.
November 09, 2006
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It's a harrowing technique, showing how hard it can be to switch crazy off. In Greene's eyes, benign images of children and family are emotionally devastating, and a fingernail looks like a foreign object that needs to be hacked out with a dull blade.Clean, Shaven is a triumph of form and function—a movie that gets stuck in the skin like a splinter, and is just as hard to extract
October 25, 2006
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