35 Shots of Rum | Chicago Reader

35 Shots of Rum

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.

Credits

Director:

  • Claire Denis

Cast:

  • Grégoire Colin
  • Alex Descas
  • Mati Diop
  • Nicole Dogue
  • Eriq Ebouaney
  • Jean-Christophe Folly

Writers:

  • Claire Denis
  • Jean-Pol Fargeau

Producer:

  • Bruno Pésery

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