35 SHOTS OF RUM
35 RHUMS
2008, The Cinema Guild, 100 min, France/Germany, Dir: Claire Denis

One of Denis’ most poignant films, 35 SHOTS OF RUM portrays a rare father-daughter relationship. The antagonist is time itself, as aging father Lionel (Alex Descas) cannot escape the constant reminder of his impending retirement and the prospect of living alone, while daughter Josephine (Mati Diop), now a grown woman, must look ahead to college graduation and possibly marriage. Luckily, they have friendly neighbors within their apartment building to keep them company and distract them from their fears. “This outstanding new film from Claire Denis demonstrates her fluency and mastery in the kind of movie language that is rich, quietly complex and subtle - and very un-Hollywood.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


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