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Rated NR · 100 minutes · 2009
Director Claire Denis (Chocolat, Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day) tries to film the moments that are left out of other movies: rice cooking, people staring out of windows, pointless conversations that do nothing to further a plot, etc. Perhaps predictably, she succeeds in showing why other films don’t center around these scenes. Then, after an hour or so of this, Denis throws in every scene her movie had been missing: violence, romance, rainstorms—all without explanation. A strange movie-going experience, and not an entirely successful experiment, 35 Shots of Rum is interesting for what it says about how we construct both fictional narratives and the remembered stories of our lives.


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Director: Claire Denis
Producer: Bruno Pésery
Cast: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogue, Grégoire Colin, Jean-Christophe Folly, Djédjé Apali, Eriq Ebouaney, Ingrid Caven, Stéphane Pocrain, Julieth Toussaint, Adèle Ado, Mary Pie and Cheikh Toure

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