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837 Ratings

Clean, Shaven

Directed by Lodge Kerrigan
United States, 1993
Crime, Drama


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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Lodge Kerrigan’s approach is commendably sympathetic toward sufferers of mental illness, but his distressed portraiture is so devoid of human feeling that it depicts schizophrenia as alien, unapproachable, and ungraspable—whereas it should have depicted human feeling as something alien, unapproachable, and ungraspable, as of course it is to those inflicted with schizophrenia.
November 27, 2012
[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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