35 Shots of Rum

(2009)

also known as: 35 rhums

directed by Claire Denis, 101 minutes

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Winner of the "Special Jury Award" at the 2008 Gijón International Film Festival.

Widely hailed as one of the best films of 2009, the latest from the renowned director of BEAU TRAVAIL, Claire Denis’ sublime 35 SHOTS OF RUM is the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor. Sumptuously filmed and featuring an evocative score by Tindersticks, 35 SHOTS OF RUM casts a lovely spell unlike any other movie you’ve seen.

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1 member found this review helpful Created about 1 year ago.

I liked the dark, easy pace, the spare dialogue, understated pathos. It felt like a "true story". I may have missed some of the dialogue due to my poor french. Sometimes, I missed the english translation as I watched the image on the screen. I think I will see it again. Sometimes, fewer the words spoken, more attention to sparse details or/and motives of the characters.

Created over 1 year ago.

nice looking people, intense (too intense??) relationship between father and daughter,muddled connection between the father and a neighbor woman, a suicide, nice trip in a VW Camper to Germany and a lovely night camping in the dunes, all in all a smooth ride to nowhere. Perhaps my lack of french made me miss a lot but since pictures speak louder than words I don't think so.

Created over 2 years ago.

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Created 2 months ago.

slow moving but ultimately the pace matched the slow unfolding of the story and the characters

Created 7 months ago.

I've watched this twice,it is very different the 2nd time. Slow at times, but you get it. I was viewing this film for a research paper. It is a good watch on a rainy day!

Created about 1 year ago.

Slow is ok, but deadstill for hours is just that, dead. I like good character studies, but this movie is awful.

Created almost 2 years ago.

film nor trailer will load propely.

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Created over 2 years ago.

We decided to stop watching after the 4th time the play stalled (63 minutes from the start), because it wasn't engaging enough. For my taste, it was too slow-moving and too dependent on the viewer's imagination about what people must be thinking and feeling. Much time is spent looking out a moving trolley car window onto the track ahead, with no detectable purpose. As each 3-minute vignette ended, I kept asking, "When is the story going to start?" However, this movie does seem to give one a portrayal of everyday life among some non-elite ethnic-minority folks in France, so it does seem to have ethnographic value.

Created almost 3 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

One of Claire Denis's most accessible, as well as most recent films, a portrait of a father and daughter--to compare with her portayal of a father searching for his son in "The Intruder."

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