» Reviews: 35 Shots of Rum

Nathan Schwartz

|    Friday, August 27, 2010

  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Producer: Bruno Pésery
  • Writer: Claire Denis
  • Starring: Mati Diop, Alex Descas, Grégoire Colin, Nicole Dogue, Jean-Christophe Folly, Djédjé Apali
  • Distributor: Wild Bunch Distribution
  • Running Time: 100 min
  • Rating: NR
  • Genre: Drama

The opening sequence to 35 Shots of Rum gave off a vibe that made me think that I was in for a heartwarming experience lush with dramatic intrigue. Halfway through the movie I realized how wrong I was in my assessment. The story of pretty much nothing, had no MacGuffin or character development. In fact, the characters aren’t really explained much at all. There was no drama to get me involved, no interesting plot point to hold on to, and there was very little actual dialogue. Those who call it a masterpiece are making a whole lot out of nothing.

Verdict: Forget It


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