For Your Consideration: 35 Shots of Rum
For Your Consideration in all categories, but particularly in Best Foreign Language Film.
My thoughts on 35 Shots of Rum are probably not very different from the other people who loved it. It's a fairly simple narrative about a widowed man and his daughter. There's a handsome man and a female taxi driver thrown into the mix. The story unfolds slowly, allowing time for sublime character development, symbolism, and even a little mystery. Although there are parts that are sad, I would never call any of the events tragic. All of the characters respond realistically, though their actions are very Parisian. (There are a lot of hugs and kisses and hand holdings the father and daughter do that I'm not at all used to, being a distant American.) On something of a side note, most of the supporting characters plus the father and daughter are black, but I don't think it's trying too hard to say anything about race relations. It just is what it is, which I appreciate. It didn't need to be a mix of Tokyo Story and Do the Right Thing.
I apologize for regurgitating my thoughts from the Last Movie You Watched thread, but the few people who've voted haven't seen many foreign films. Inevitably, I tell them to just pick something to fill up the five spots. Well, I guess if you're going to pick films randomly, I'd love to see this one mentioned. It's quality filmmaking and deserving of a nomination at the very least. I'm sad it didn't receive a wider distribution. The film never reached more than five
theaters at a time. FIVE! It probably hit around twenty theaters total, but it was rarely around for more than a week. I had a to make a special trip to San Jose to see it. But damn was it worth it.