Films about families and their complications all too often pierce eardrums with shrieks of dysfunction. Amid the din, Claire Denis' sublime "35 Shots of Rum" stands out all the more for its soothing quiet, conveying the easy, frequently nonverbal intimacy between a widowed father, Lionel, and his university-student daughter, Joséphine. An homage to Yasujiro Ozu's similarly-themed "Late Spring" (1949), this film is Denis' warmest, most radiant work, honoring a family's extreme closeness while suggesting its potential for suffocation. Father and daughter's comfortable life together will need to end—an inevitability that even Lionel recognizes as necessary, no matter how painful.
35 Shots of Rum is the sixth film of the 2022 Albertine Cinémathèque film festival. It's available for viewing Feb. 27 - March 5, 2022.
Viewership is restricted and limited. Sign up for the film(s) you would like to see during the 2022 Albertine Cinémathèque film festival that runs January-March.
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