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Lodge Kerrigan began his succession of utterly unique, visually and aurally dazzling character studies with the raw, ravaging Clean, Shaven. A compelling headfirst dive into the mindscape of a schizophrenic (played by the remarkable Peter Greene) as he tries to track down his daughter after he is released from an institution, Kerrigans film brilliantly uses sound and image to lead audiences into a terrifying subjectivity. No one is left unscathed.
I hope you loath fingernails
Peter Greene should've won an Oscar for this performance. The subject matter and raw approach are most likely the reason he didn't receive enough attention.
Some scenes are hard to watch to some people. I'm not bothered by anything, but if you're squeamish, you might need to turn your head during a few scenes.
If you like psychology - If you like the brain - If the depths of the (twisted) mind fascinate you, then you should see this movie, never mind the always superb Criterion treatment.
I'm usually quite open-minded when it comes to appreciating films of the "different" sort; however, this film's overall production quality is so subpar that it was a distraction. It seems as though this film was shot on beta tape, even though IMDB reports the shooting format 16 and 35 mm. Besides that, all the actors, with the exception of Peter Greene, were absolutely terrible; there was no energy behind their performances. I want to say that there is a decent story hidden within this film that could have been quite touching if executed properly, but, unfortunately, it was not.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Best Portrayal Of Schizophrenia
Very superb, indeed.
The best honest portrayal of Schizophrenia I've ever seen. There's a few good ones. This has been the best, in my honest opinion. If you would like to see something with the similar quality, same subject, and same awkwardness (to a degree), look into one that was directed by Harmony Korine.