Clean, Shaven

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Peter Greene stars in this downbeat character study as a schizophrenic man trying to function in a world that seems thoroughly alien to him, while also searching for his lost daughter. Meanwhile, a detective is tracing his steps in a murder investigation.


Peter Greene
as Peter Winter
Robert Albert
as Jack McNally
Megan Owen
as Mrs. Winter
Molly Castelloe
as Melinda Frayne
Jennifer Macdonald
as Nicole Frayne
Alice LeVitt
as Girl with Ball
Jill Chamberlain
as Teenager at Motel
Agathe Leclerc
as Murdered Girl
Roget Joly
as Police Photographer
Rene Beaudin
as Boy on Bicycle
J. Dixon Byrne
as Dr. Michaels
Eliot Rockett
as Man on Ladder/Man in Jeep
Angela Vibert
as Girl in Rain
Karen MacDonald
as Girl in Rain
Lee Kayman
as Bartender
Ismael Ramirez
as Psychotic Derelict
Marty Clinis
as Library Patron
Ruth Gottheimer
as Library Patron
June Kelly
as Librarian
Grace Vibert
as Schoolteacher
James Hance
as Man in Adoption Agency
Marti Wilkerson
as Adoption Agent
Michael Benson
as Man in Jeep
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Critic Reviews for Clean, Shaven

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

  • Consegue retratar os sintomas da esquizofrenia de maneira particularmente eficaz graças ao brilhantismo de seu design de som e à atuação intensa de Greene.

    Apr 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • A definite must-see for the adventurous.

    Apr 9, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Kerrigan, in the film's denouement, might have succeeded in defying our expectations to the extent that, as in The Sixth Sense, his victory renders what came before it superfluous.

    Feb 7, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Kerrigan succeeds in challenging stereotypes of mental illness as seen in movies and TV: Clean, Shaven is a stark ripose to the Hollywood notion that the mentally ill are fonts of simple wisdom and goodness.

    Jun 2, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Seriously gritty and entirely creepy.

    Aug 4, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Clean, Shaven

  • Apr 13, 2016
    One of the few films managed to construct an accurate perception on how schizophreniacs see this world. Winter is a man who recently was removed from psychiatric ward, he went on a quest to find his daughter while dealing with a changed world. It's really powerful yet disturbing. Definite worth watching as it was one of John Waters' favourites.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2013
    Hallucinating the whole time, a man recently released from a mental institution tracks down his long-lost daughter, while being pursued by a detective who believes he's responsible for the murder of a young girl. Subjective and disorienting, CLEAN, SHAVEN is one of the most harrowing portraits of paranoid schizophrenia ever filmed; ranks just below PSYCHO and REPULSION in the pantheon of horrifying studies of mental illness.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2012
    The unrelenting tension found in "Clean, Shaven" is what makes it such a memorable experience. Lodge Kerrigan crafts an unsettling and upsetting atmosphere that's so full of strange noises and ambiguity that it kind of digs at you. Peter Greene turns in an admirable understated, off-kilter performance that's best when he's delivering lines instead of practicing self-mutilation, and the infamous fingernail scene is one that'll make your stomach turn. "Clean, Shaven" is short and distant, and I don't think I'll ever watch it again, but it's a fine debut from Kerrigan.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2012
    A disturbing film but hats off to Peter Greene for taking on the role of a man who is clearly not in control of his psychological issues but still driven to reuniting with his daughter. A very challenging role.
    John B Super Reviewer

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