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35 Shots of Rum

35 rhums

Directed by Claire Denis
France, Germany, 2008
Drama, Romance


A widowed metro conductor, approaching retirement, lives with his beautiful grown daughter. The two are used to living alone, dependent solely on one another. But when a neighbor of theirs makes his long-harbored feelings for the girl known, their father-daughter relationship suddenly transforms.

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35 Shots of Rum Directed by Claire Denis
[It] doesn’t give a tinker’s damn about the usual conventions of storytelling or character development or exposition or dramatic arcs or stakes. . . . It’s more about dancing, meditation, and family romance. Denis dispenses with the tired mechanics of by-the-numbers cinema and just leaves in all the gold, which has the added advantage of making everything so wonderfully ambiguous.
May 24, 2018
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Numerous scenes burn into the mind, including major events like suicide and marriage, but the fullest expression of the film’s gentle evocation of time comes when Gabrielle’s car breaks down in a rainstorm as she drives Lionel, Jo and Noé to a concert…
March 12, 2015
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Denis’ use of the static camera in the domestic scenes not only provides the setting with a sense of stability but also serves to create pauses in which we have time to reflect on the characters, their lives, and their interactions through the view of the environment of their everyday life.
September 01, 2012
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