35 Shots of Rum

100 minutes 2009

A handsome black widower (Alex Descas) and his lovely college-age daughter (Mati Diop) inhabit a self-contained world of tranquil domesticity and affection in a gray suburban high-rise outside of Paris. A goodhearted but insecure woman down the hall (Nicole Dogué) lives in the abject hope of winning the widower's heart, and a sweetly melancholic young man upstairs (Grégoire Colin) harbors similar feelings for the young woman. It's a given that the father-daughter bubble must eventually burst, but the smart writer-director Claire Denis (Beau Travail) has other, subtler things on her mind than Electra-complex melodrama. This 2008 feature is beautiful but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set. In French with subtitles.

Film Credits

Director: Claire Denis

Writer: Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau

Producer: Bruno Pésery

Cast: Grégoire Colin, Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogue, Eriq Ebouaney and Jean-Christophe Folly


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