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Very slow, but some fantastic moments
on 24 July 2009
35 Shots of Rum is French film about a train driver in Paris who is a single father, living with his daughter, who is at college. It is the story of their relationship, with each other, and with the other people who live in their flat block.
There are some really beautiful, insightful moments, exquisitely played and directed. Father and daughter are very close, enmeshed is probably not too strong a word, and some the details of the intimacy of their domesticity are just lovely, without being mawkish.
The other plus is that there is remarkably dialogue, and all of it spoken in clear short sentences - rusty GCSE French should be able to see you through without resorting to reading subtitles.
On the downside, this is much, much too slow. It would benefit from a really significant edit, not just a trim, a radical haircut. What should have been a little gem is stretched out to OK.
Buried in there is a really lovely little film, with something real to say, but if you want to find it make sure you are in the mood and have grabbed the comfy seat in front of the TV.