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Slack Bay (2016)

Ma Loute (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 13 May 2016 (France)
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Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these ... See full summary »

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Bruno Dumont

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Bruno Dumont (dialogue), Bruno Dumont (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... André Van Peteghem
Juliette Binoche ... Aude Van Peteghem
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Isabelle Van Peteghem
Jean-Luc Vincent ... Christian Van Peteghem
Brandon Lavieville Brandon Lavieville ... Ma Loute Brufort
Raph ... Billie Van Peteghem
Didier Després ... Alfred Machin
Cyril Rigaux Cyril Rigaux ... Malfoy
Laura Dupré Laura Dupré ... Nadège
Thierry Lavieville Thierry Lavieville ... L'Eternel Brufort
Caroline Carbonnier Caroline Carbonnier ... La mère Brufort
Manon Royère ... Blanche Van Peteghem
Lauréna Thellier ... Gaby Van Peteghem
Maya Sarac Maya Sarac ... La dame à l'ombrelle jaune
Noah Noulard Noah Noulard ... Cloclo Brufort
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Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack river and the sea join only at high tide. There lives a small community of fishermen and other oyster farmers. Among them evolves a curious family, the Bréfort, renowned ferrymen of the Slack Bay, lead by the father nick-named "The Eternal", who rules as best as he can on his prankster bunch of sons, especially the impetuous Ma Loute, aged 18. Towering high above the bay stands the Van Peteghems' mansion. Every summer, this bourgeois family - all degenerate and decadent from inbreeding - stagnates in the villa, not without mingling during their leisure hours of walking, sailing or bathing, with the ordinary local people, Ma Loute and the other Bréforts. Over the course of five days, as starts a peculiar love story between Ma Loute... Written by Memento Films

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Comedy | Fantasy

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13 May 2016 (France) See more »

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Budget:

EUR7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$112,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,928,465
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The French film magazine 'Cahiers du cinéma' named Slack Bay (2016) the 5th best film of 2016. See more »

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BARBERINE: PRELUDE AU 2ème ACTE
Composed by Guillaume Lekeu
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(p) Ricercar / Outhere Music
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For Dumont fans only
10 August 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Anyone who doubted that Bruno Dumont could do comedy might have been surprised by "P'tit Quinquin" which was weirdly funny, surreal and highly imaginative. However, if you skipped "P'tit Quinquin" and have come straight to "Slack Bay", then your doubts will have been confirmed for this bit of slapstick is about as funny as an appendectomy. The setting is the Northern French coast in the summer of 1910 and follows the far-from-hilarious exploits of three sets of characters; a well-to-to family, there on vacation, a local family of muscle-gatherers and a couple of policemen, one very large and fat, the other small and thin, there to investigate some mysterious disappearances.

The policemen are obviously based on Laurel and Hardy, though it's unlikely this pair will raise a smile let alone a laugh. Dumont's idea of comedy is to have most of his characters fall down at regular intervals though some do take to levitating by the time the film is over. There is, of course, a sicker and more Dumontesque sensibility at work here, since the muscle-gatherers are also a family of cannibals, ('Anyone want more foot', says the mother to her sons), who are killing off the tourists and eating them.

The star, for want of a better word, of this rubbish is Juliette Binoche, cast as a comic grande-dame. At least she aligns herself with Dumont's vision which, in this case, isn't saying much. Visually the film is very beautiful and like "P'tit Quinquin" is weird enough not be boring but that is about all you can say in its favour. This one is for Dumont completists only.


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