35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)



Critic Consensus: This slow-moving French family drama is rich, complex, subtle and emotionally eloquent.

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Time and romantic attraction threaten to sour a family relationship in this drama from writer and director Claire Denis. Lionel (Alex Descas) is a middle-aged widower who makes his living driving a train and shares an apartment with his twentysomething daughter, Joséphine (Mati Diop). Lionel and Joséphine have a warm and caring relationship, and while it's not Lionel's nature to say very much, his affection for his daughter is clear. Lionel's on-and-off girlfriend Gabrielle (Nicole Dogue) and their footloose friend Noé (Grégoire Colin) live in the same building, and together the four have fallen into a casual family relationship. However, when Lionel's close friend and fellow driver René (Julieth Mars Toussaint) announces he's retiring, Lionel becomes painfully aware that he's not as young as he once was, and realizes how much he depends on his daughter. This knowledge sets Lionel on edge when Joséphine's friendship with Noé begins to evolve into a romantic relationship. 35 Rhums (aka 35 Shot of Rum) received its North American premiere at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.
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Alex Descas
as Lionel
Mati Diop
as Joséphine
Nicole Dogue
as Gabrielle
Adèle Ado
as Bar Patron
Eriq Ebouaney
as Blanchard
Djédjé Apali
as Martial
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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (15)

Claire Denis, an acclaimed French director, makes films that defy the rules of Hollywood.

Full Review… | February 11, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Modest in scope but very sure, Rum goes down smoothly indeed.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis is a master of atmosphere and immersion.

January 22, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Don't miss this one.

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)


while it's lovely, it's the least impressive denis film i've seen yet

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer


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.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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