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35 Shots of Rum (35 Rhums)

Directed by Claire Denis

Part of Claire Denis: Unpredictable Universe

The director’s “warmest, most radiant work, honoring a family of two’s extreme closeness while suggesting its potential for suffocation” (Village Voice). Citing Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring as an influence, Claire Denis taps the bittersweet push and pull in the changing relationship between a widowed father and his adult daughter. A masterpiece from the heart, 35 Shots of Rum skirts the edges of social politics while slowly and subtly revealing its transcendental characters—captured with Alex Descas’ and Mati Diop’s quiet acting, Agnès Godard’s languid cinematography, and Tindersticks’ pulsing, melancholic soundtrack. In French with English subtitles. 2008, new 35mm print, 100 minutes.


This program is made possible by generous support from Regis Foundation.

Additional support provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut Français, Unifrance, and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.