35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
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Time and romantic attraction threaten to sour a family relationship in this drama from writer and director Claire Denis. Lionel (Alex Descas) is a middle-aged widower who makes his living driving a train and shares an apartment with his twentysomething daughter, Joséphine (Mati Diop). Lionel and Joséphine have a warm and caring relationship, and while it's not Lionel's nature to say very much, his affection for his daughter is clear. Lionel's on-and-off girlfriend Gabrielle (Nicole Dogue) and their footloose friend Noé (Grégoire Colin) live in the same building, and together the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Claire Denis, an acclaimed French director, makes films that defy the rules of Hollywood."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis is a master of atmosphere and immersion."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A sort of ballet of emotions, executed with weightless grace and poise."
‑ Dave Kehr, Film Comment Magazine
"Those who go into it expecting to see a smart character piece and those who are patient will find the well-acted feature rewarding, even emotionally satisfying."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The kind of precious quiet film that rarely gets made and is worth savoring for its alluring inner beauty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"I've seen films where superheroes shift alliances, and I only yawned. What matters is not the scope of a story, it's the depth."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Those acquainted only with Claire Denis' more frenetic work will be surprised, and moved, by her contemplative '35 Shots of Rum/35 Rhums.'"
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The film's placid, minimalist façade masks a complex story"
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A wonder of minimalism, Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum...quietly observes the lives of several Africans living in a Paris suburb."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Modest in scope but very sure, Rum goes down smoothly indeed."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Don't miss this one."
‑ , Washington Post
"Denis sees human interactions with an uncommon clarity of vision. Her great talent, as evident as ever in this, one of her greatest films, is her ability to allow an audience to see those relationships in the same quietly revelatory way she does."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"The overall effect of Denis's movie duplicates that unique and wonderful Ozu effect."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"...a character-based story told at a human scale by a director (Claire Denis, who also co-wrote the script) who lets the story develop at an unhurried pace..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
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