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Slack Bay

  • Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
  • Director: Bruno Dumont
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Language(s): French, English
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 122 min.

Original Title: Ma Loute The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family-among them Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi-have settled in for another summer at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely rhythm of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors investigating a string of tourists gone missing (and serving full-on Keystone Kops). As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family’s genderqueer teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ratchet the slapstick up to eleven. It’s no wonder director Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915) cites Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy as cinematic influences for his delightful foray into winking, absurdist farce.

"One of those rare movies that looks like it was fun to make, and is even more fun to watch."
- Sam Fragoso, TheWrap
"Slack Bay is a comedy primarily in theory. More intriguing than involving, the movie uses the conventions of slapstick to undermine the rich as well as the poor."
- Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Slack Bay teems with the eventfulness of a serial compressed into a two-hour movie, and its sense of distillation emerges in the wide range of performance styles that Dumont elicits-and the physical precision that marks each of them."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Weird and arresting."
- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter