Slack Bay

Ma Loute


Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2:45pm
Sunday, Nov. 12 at 5:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family — played by such actors as 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 resembling the Keystone Kops in their antics). 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 11. It’s no wonder that 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. Indiewire observes: “‘Slack Bay’ operates as a high farce. Its parodic look at decadent lunatics suggests Buñuel’s ‘L’Age D’or’ by way of Godard’s ‘Weekend’ in its vibrant skewering of social classes. The depraved plot is offset by a recurring commitment to slapstick…. Combining savage archetypes with spot-on wit, 'Slack Bay' is a fun, peculiar romp with deeper conceits lurking beneath the surface.”

122 min.
English & French

Directed by

Bruno Dumont

Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus


Comedy Mystery