Cause for rum-ina­tion

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35 Shots of Rum, daily life drama, not rated, in French and Ger­man with sub­ti­tles, The Screen, 3.5 chiles

IThe four main char­ac­ters in 35 Shots of Rum live in the kind of sub­ur­ban high-rise that we don’t see much of in New Mex­ico. It’s a large block of a build­ing, both tall and wide. The ten­ants own their apart­ments — it’s not posh, but it’s hardly a slum, ei­ther. To peo­ple who live in one-story houses in the foothills of the Rocky Moun­tains, it might seem strange that oth­ers would opt to live stacked on top of one an­other like this. It would seem to be a life de­void of peace or soli­tude, as mem­bers of a buzzing hive.

To a cer­tain ex­tent, this is not a false as­sump­tion. The lives of these four Parisians con­stantly over­lap, and they fre­quently seem to be in one an­other’s busi­ness. But when di­rec­tor Claire De­nis ( Beau Tra­vail) pulls back to show us ex­te­rior shots of the build­ing at night — ge­o­met­ri­cally per­fect, sur­pris­ingly col­or­ful, aes­thet­i­cally beau­ti­ful — we get an im­pres­sion of what life might re­ally be like here. Through the win­dows, we see the peo­ple of this build­ing cut apart from one an­other, each in his or her own lit­tle box.

35 Shots of Rum deals with the ways we fail to con­nect with other peo­ple — even with those we live with, hold af­fec­tion for, and see ev­ery day. The movie is not de­press­ing. It is a quiet ex­am­i­na­tion of the daily life of blue-col­lar work­ers, but it is not

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