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35 Shots of Rum (2008)

35 rhums (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 18 February 2009 (France)
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The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

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Lionel
Mati Diop ...
Joséphine
Nicole Dogué ...
Gabrielle
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Noé
Julieth Mars Toussaint ...
René
Adèle Ado ...
La patronne du bar
Jean-Christophe Folly ...
Ruben
Ingrid Caven ...
Mario Canonge ...
Stéphane Pocrain ...
Le prof
Mary Pie ...
Lina
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Blanchard
Malaïka Marie-Jeanne
Jean-Luc Joseph
Giscard Bouchotte
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The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

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£30,521 (UK) (17 July 2009)

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$177,511 (USA) (4 June 2010)
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The role of Lionel was written for Alex Descas. See more »

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Referenced in Malá prazská víla (2009) See more »

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Nightshift
Written by Walter Orange, Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde
Performed by The Commodores
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Masterfully controlled Pinter-like relationship study
31 January 2010 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

It is a commendation of this film that I simply didn't know what the broad story was after an hour - and still didn't by the end to which I had felt, nonetheless, compelled to watch. Claire Denis' film is called 35 Shots of Rum in reference to a ritual drink binge. The actual occasion for the 35 shots is never made explicit, and so it is with the causal scaffold of the story. As in Pinter, we are invited to experience the relationship-in-itself between characters, devoid of a context which might qualify it. My feeling was that, unlike Pinter, this was actually to get us to extrapolate our own idea of what their relationships consist in.

There are hints which one can use as a prop but essentially we are left with a strange - and fantastically controlled (rather like Michael Haneke's contemporaneous The White Ribbon) coil of narrative that juxtaposes happiness with tumescent tension. The lack of narrative can be frustrating but it is actually a more eloquent representative of the naturally complex and sometimes contradictory humanity that constitutes these characters (who are all conspicuously handsome, by the way!). Fine film-making at the very limit of convention. 6/10


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