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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.


Claire Denis


Claire Denis (scenario), Jean-Pol Fargeau (scenario)
2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Descas ... Lionel
Mati Diop ... Joséphine
Nicole Dogué ... Gabrielle
Grégoire Colin ... Noé
Julieth Mars Toussaint Julieth Mars Toussaint ... René
Adèle Ado Adèle Ado ... La patronne du bar
Jean-Christophe Folly ... Ruben
Ingrid Caven ... La tante allemande
Mario Canonge Mario Canonge ... Le collègue
Stéphane Pocrain Stéphane Pocrain ... Le prof
Mary Pie Mary Pie ... Lina
Eriq Ebouaney ... Blanchard
Malaïka Marie-Jeanne Malaïka Marie-Jeanne
Jean-Luc Joseph Jean-Luc Joseph
Giscard Bouchotte Giscard Bouchotte


The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

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Referenced in Malá prazská víla (2009) See more »


Written by Walter Orange, Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde
Performed by The Commodores
Courtesy of Motown Records
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Takes its time, but is ultimately involving
19 August 2010 | by bandwSee all my reviews

This movie opens with about ten minutes of watching commuter trains running around the Paris area. We get views from the inside as well as out. You begin to wonder what is going on, is this a film directed by some train obsessed person? But, no, the opening scenes set a mood and briefly introduce us to two of the main characters: Lionel, a train engineer, and Joséphine, his daughter. (Is it just a coincidence that Lionel's name is the same as the model train company's?)

After the opening scenes we see Lional and Joséphine in their small but comfortable apartment in the Paris suburbs. Details of their ordinary domestic life are presented at some length. Lional and Joséphine are so at ease with each other that you assume they are husband and wife, but then you are surprised to learn they are father and daughter. Finally we are introduced to the two other people in the apartment complex whose lives intertwine with Lionel and Josèpine: Gabrielle, a taxi driver who has had more than a casual interest in Lionel for many years, and Noé, a young, peripatetic bohemian who has interest in Joséphine. Following the shifting relationships among these four people is the substance of the movie.

Dramatic tensions are developed with quiet subtly. Those seeking histrionics will not find them here. The pivotal scene has no dialog. While dancing in a café to the Commodores "Nightshift" and Ralph Tamer's "Siboney," the entire emotional tone between the characters turns. What a beautiful scene.

What attracted me to this film was the gradual way we learn about the people and come to care about them. In contrast, however, compressed into the final scenes are surprising revelations.

If you like quiet, character-driven films, then you will probably like this. Otherwise, probably not.

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Release Date:

18 February 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,576, 20 September 2009

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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