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‘Clean’ (2004)

Clean (2004) What happened to Linda Emery after the death of Bruce Lee? To Courtney Love after the death of Kurt Cobain? To Yoko, after John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman?

Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clean’ is a sobering look at one of these morning-afters . Maggie Cheung stars as Emily Wang, a Yoko-like ex-MTV celebrity trying to assist her husband/veteran rock-star stage his comeback on the eve of his accidental drug-overdose. Since she was also a drug-user, it is inevitable that the rock star’s parents blame her for his death; Emily’s son, Jay remains in his grandparents’ care, so it is also inevitable that the boy’s terminally ill grandmother is also reluctant to grant Emily any visitation rights. [Read more →]