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Prospect recommends: Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum

By A S H Smyth  

The Goldsmith review was widely mocked, but a modern idea of citizenship is no laughing matter

No one in cinema has shown us black male beauty more admiringly than Claire Denis, who for my money is currently the world’s finest woman filmmaker. Ever since her 1988 debut Chocolat, the French director has often turned to such talented and fine-looking African and Afro-Caribbean actors as Isaach De Bankolé and Alex Descas. In Denis’s new film, 35 Shots of Rum, Descas plays Lionel, a widower of few words whose life…

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