Slack Bay / Ma Loute

Director: Bruno Dumont
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jean-Luc Vincent, Brandon Lavieville, Raph
Country: France, Germany
Language: French with English subtitles, English
Year of production: 2015
Genre: Comedy, Period Film
Rating: R13 Violence & content that may disturb
Duration: 122 min
Festivals: Cannes International Film Festival 2016, Official Competition

“Beautifully made, bracingly eccentric.” The Hollywood Reporter


Summer 1910, Slack Bay in the North of France. Mysterious disappearances have thrown the region into turmoil. The improbable Inspector Machin and his shrewd assistant Malfoy carry out an investigation. Through no fault of their own, they find themselves at the centre of a strange and all-consuming love story between Ma Loute, the eldest son of a local family of fishermen with rather particular habits, and Billie Van Peteghem, the youngest daughter of a wealthy, decadent bourgeois family from Lille. The romance brings the two families together in an explosive collision and things are not as they appear…

Slack Bay marks an interesting departure in the career of Bruno Dumont (L’Humanité, The Life of Jesus), who has been responsible for some of the most sombre and intense feature films of Europe. Launching into the comedy arena, the A-list cast give star performances in this film that mixes genres, including comedy, slapstick, and mystery. The crazy antics are offset by a purely idyllic setting, with the rich visuals of the picturesque French coast being a delight. The wild physical humour is further contrasted with a strikingly beautiful score, adding to the quirky flavour of the film as a whole.



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