Clean, Shaven

"Excellent"

Clean, Shaven Review


Faster than you can say, "Toys in the attic," it becomes painfully apparent that Peter Winter (Peter Greene -- Zed from Pulp Fiction), the main character of Lodge H. Kerrigan's new film, is not quite right.

Clean, Shaven is a brief but extremely powerful look at a page from the life of a schizophrenic who is on a quest to see his daughter who has been taken from him. Peter's mental illness, we discover, is a little more than a small problem, creating in him a near-constant need to be clean and free of body hair. Throughout the film, Peter is constantly shaving, in an attempt to rid himself of the "receiver and transmitter" that he believes are housed within his body.

Peter makes it to the village where his daughter Nicole (Jennifer MacDonald) lives, only to find himself hunted by the police. The reason? Alongside Peter's arrival in town came the slaughter of a local young girl. The cops figure Nicole is next. Everyone always blames it on the psychos.

Clocking in at a spare 79 minutes, Clean, Shaven looks more like an episode of The X-Files than a feature film, yet manages to pack more of a punch than most films twice its length. The feel is that of a documentary, and the picture appears so real at times that it's hard to remember it's a fantasy. Kerrigan has created a creepy, disturbing, and graphic atmosphere. Dialogue is hardly required to get the emotions of Peter across: you can see it in his face, and in his actions. In fact, Peter goes so far as to cut off his fingernail (in vivid color) in order to get "the transmitter" out of his system. The collective groaning in a crowded theater must be tremendous.

This movie is definitely not for everyone. I'm not even sure if it's for anyone, but the bottom line is that Clean, Shaven is a spectacular example of how movies should be made. Greene deserves an Oscar nod for his work here, playing Peter so well as to make Norman Bates look like Mr. Rogers. Another hand goes to Kerrigan's direction, which plays perfectly off of Greene's acting.

If you go, be sure you know what you're getting in to. This one is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Criterion has reissued the film on DVD with a beautifully restored transfer, featuring commentary with Kerrigan and Steven Soderbergh, a video essay on the film, and MP3 soundtrack selections.



Clean, Shaven

Facts and Figures

Run time: 79 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st April 1995

Budget: $68 thousand

Distributed by: Strand Releasing

Production compaines: DSM III, Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Lodge H. Kerrigan

Producer: Lodge H. Kerrigan

Starring: as Peter Winter, Alice Levitt as Girl with ball, as Mrs. Winter, as Nicole Winter, as Melinda Frayne, Robert Albert as Jack McNally, J. Dixon Byrne as Dr. Michaels

Contactmusic


Links


Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.