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35 Shots of Rum (2008)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Descas ...
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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$6,464 (USA) (29 January 2010)

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$177,511 (USA) (4 June 2010)
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Claire Denis based the intimate father-daughter relationship on her mother's relationship with her grandfather who raised her as a single parent. 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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Complex drama that mirrors Ozu
3 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Claire Denis' 35 Shots Of Rum is a sombre and humane look at a quartet of Parisians who experience loneliness, isolation and disconnection. Lionel (Alex Descas) is a train driver who lives with his daughter Josephine (Mati Diop). He has a seemingly casual relationship with taxi driver Gabrielle (Nicole Dogue) who seems invested in the relationship to a much greater degree than Lionel. And Noe (Gregoire Colin) who lives alone with his cat seems to have an interest in Josephine. The trouble is that all these characters are so wrapped up in their own loneliness, they fail to communicate with one another.

They are so wrapped up, however, that it takes their car to break down in the rain for them to open up to each other. Whether this is a good thing or not is a different question. Denis shoots the film in a desolate manner that has a complete (and fitting) lack of flair, which is a direct metaphor for the characters emotional emptiness. Claire Denis has named Japanese master Yasijuro Ozu as a main influence for the film, and it is quite obvious. The quiet, restrained dignity of Lionel, and the almost silent exchanges between the characters mirror Ozu's classics Late Spring and Tokyo Story. The film can be slow at time, but stick with it and it is richly rewarding. A complex film that is powerfully acted.

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