35 Rhums

  • 100'
  • France
  • 2008

A father and daughter live lovingly together in a grey apartment building in a suburb of Paris with a view of the train tracks. Director Claire Denis steps into their lives halfway as they move forward like passing trains, filming the reassuring waves of everyday life in which a rice cooker is bought or the washing is done.

At this tempo, their life stories unfold along with those of two other flatmates. A house friend who loves travelling and lives alone has taken a fancy to the daughter; the woman next door has a history with the father. It becomes apparent that the contact between the four inhabitants cannot continue without problems during an evening when the four of them are in the bar. It augments the feeling that the moment has come for everyone to let go of something. The father realises he is getting older and it's time for his daughter to find her own way in life.

Director
Claire Denis
Countries of production
France, Germany
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
100'
Medium
35mm
International title
35 Shots of Rum
Language
French
Producers
Bruno Pésery, Christoph Friedel
Production Companies
Soudaine Compagnie, Pandora Film Produktion
Sales
Elle Driver
Screenplay
Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
Cinematography
Agnès Godard
Editor
Guy Lecorne
Production Design
Arnaud de Moléron
Sound Design
Martin Boisseau, Dominique Hennequin
Music
Tindersticks
Cast
Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Grégoire Colin
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands