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Hélène de Saint-Père
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Isaach De Bankolé,
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The french choreographer Mathilde Monnier and her preparation for her next performance is the main focus of this documentary. The choreography's practices and the bodies, everything is ... See full summary »
Masterfully controlled Pinter-like relationship study
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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