Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Gregoire Colin, Mati Diop, Alex Descas, Nicole Dogue
Duration: 100 min.
The story of a father and daughter living in a working class Parisian neighborhood. The daughter, Josephine, a university student; is on the verge of leaving the family nest and making her own way in the world. She feels obliged to stay and take care of her father, Lionel, filling the role her mother used to have. Lionel feels responsible for needing her so much, yet helpless to let her go.
35 Shots of Rum is a drama directed by Claire Denis (White Material). It is an intricate and heartfelt character driven film, centered around the residents of a Parisian apartment building. With quiet restraint, Denis weaves the narrative ever so gracefully and within minutes, she fully immerses the viewer into the lives of the characters.
What I appreciated most was that this is a film that shows more than it tells. Nothing is explained but all the details are there for one to piece together. Simply a masterful little film, crafted with minimalism yet still full of depth.