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This slow-moving French family drama is rich, complex, subtle and emotionally eloquent.
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Claire Denis, an acclaimed French director, makes films that defy the rules of Hollywood.
It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set.
Modest in scope but very sure, Rum goes down smoothly indeed.
Celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis is a master of atmosphere and immersion.
I've seen films where superheroes shift alliances, and I only yawned. What matters is not the scope of a story, it's the depth.
Don't miss this one.
If you enjoy discovering with images what a thousand words cannot say, don't miss this delightful work by Claire Denis. [Full review in Spanish]
Over the course of this 100 minute film, a father (Alex Descas in an understated, near mute, performance), slowly comes to understand his daughter's need for independence.
35 Shots of Rum is the story of how you gradually figure out how these characters fit together. It's the quiet, profound, beautifully observed story of how they figure themselves out.
A sort of ballet of emotions, executed with weightless grace and poise.
Those acquainted only with Claire Denis' more frenetic work will be surprised, and moved, by her contemplative '35 Shots of Rum/35 Rhums.'
Denis sees human interactions with an uncommon clarity of vision. Her great talent, as evident as ever in this, one of her greatest films, is her ability to allow an audience to see those relationships in the same quietly revelatory way she does.
while it's lovely, it's the least impressive denis film i've seen yet
It's quite pleasant once in a while to see a French modern day drama where the main characters don't jabber on endlessly about their thoughts and feelings. It's also quite refreshing to see a nearly all-black cast without making a big deal of it one way or another. Here the dynamics of a super-close father and daughter plus their would-be partners is all shown thrown through the mundane habils of everyday life, and intimacies and glances rather than histrionics. Not a whole heap happens, which might be disappointing to some, but if you're more interested in character than action, then there's much to enjoy in this story of an extended family's unwanted but inevitable change.
Daughter loves father dearly , repeat to close. Now I'm no slouch with plots but I struggled to work out who was who in the supporting cast and how they were interrelated. Such willful obfuscation may be intended but it ruined things for me.
What "35 Shots of Rum" lacks in story, it more than makes up for with a melancholic atmosphere full of lonely people, especially Lionel(Alex Descas) and his daughter Josephine(Mati Diop), a university student. She is driving him nuts with her constantly taking care of him, even as he is unwilling to talk about the past in the present day as he moves himself and transports others towards an uncertain future in his job as a subway driver and his friend Gabrielle(Nicole Dogue) does in her taxi. And then there is Lionel's co-worker Rene(Julieth Mars Toussaint) who gets three gifts at his retirement party, two are traditional and an iPod. Regardless, he is unsure of what to do next, no longer one of the anonymous people who keep multicultural Paris moving. In point of fact, the movie loses something when it moves temporarily away from Paris to tie up a couple of loose ends, going on a little too long.
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