35 Shots Of Rum (35 Rhums)

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(out of 5)


Another sensual, intoxicating piece by Claire Denis, this time focusing on a father and daughter living in a tiny Parisian flat. She takes care of her father in place of her absent mother, but as time is progressing is looking to move on with her life and assert her independence. This is in no small way motivated by the presence of a handsome young man () with whom she is spending more and more time. The performances are all excellent, but what stands out is Denis’ as-usual magical direction: there is a narrative but it is only barely definable, much of it played out through the director’s fascination with the importance of objects; there is tension, but it bubbles quite intensely beneath the surface, playing out through the interactions of highly sympathetic characters who affect us so deeply. Denis is a filmmaker who can fill her screen with beauty, enigma and sympathy without overplaying her hand, here capturing an ethnic culture of the City of Lights without exoticising it or playing to narrow cultural stereotypes.


France/Germany, 2008

Directed by 

Screenplay by Claire Denis, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2008


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National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film


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