35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum)
35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 1, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This slow-moving French family drama is rich, complex, subtle and emotionally eloquent.

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Claire Denis, an acclaimed French director, makes films that defy the rules of Hollywood.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Celebrated French filmmaker Claire Denis is a master of atmosphere and immersion.

Jeffrey Edalatpour
KQED (San Francisco)

Over the course of this 100 minute film, a father (Alex Descas in an understated, near mute, performance), slowly comes to understand his daughter's need for independence.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

35 Shots of Rum is the story of how you gradually figure out how these characters fit together. It's the quiet, profound, beautifully observed story of how they figure themselves out.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Modest in scope but very sure, Rum goes down smoothly indeed.

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Washington Post

Don't miss this one.

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Dave Kehr
Film Comment Magazine

A sort of ballet of emotions, executed with weightless grace and poise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
while it's lovely, it's the least impressive denis film i've seen yet
Lesley N
It's quite pleasant once in a while to see a French modern day drama where the main characters don't jabber on endlessly about their thoughts and… More
Gordon Anderson
Daughter loves father dearly , repeat to close. Now I'm no slouch with plots but I struggled to work out who was who in the supporting cast and how they… More
Tom S.
Walter M.
What "35 Shots of Rum" lacks in story, it more than makes up for with a melancholic atmosphere full of lonely people, especially Lionel(Alex Descas)… More

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