Slack Bay (Ma loute)

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Slack Bay won't resonate with all viewers, but for filmgoers attuned to absurd French farce, its slapstick chaos should deliver just enough belly laughs.



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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.


Juliette Binoche
as Aude Van Peteghem
Fabrice Luchini
as André Van Peteghem
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
as Isabelle Van Peteghem
Jean-Luc Vincent
as Christian Van Peteghem
Brandon Lavieville
as Ma Loute Brufort
Noah Noulard
as Cloclo Brufort
Julian Teiten
as Patte Brufort
Noa Creton
as Ti-Louis Brufort
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  • Slack Bay is not always funny, but it's truly unique and in the long run, more emotionally powerful than might be expected.

    Dec 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Slack Bae.

    Jun 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It features Juliette Binoche and Fabrice Luchini giving deliberately hysterical and bonkers performances as posh people in a small coastal town in early 20th-century France who are being tormented by local fishermen-turned-cannibals. Wacky, eh?

    Jun 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • "Slack Bay" is devoid of any emotional satisfaction, and laughs come few and far between, perhaps because the humor is so French-centric.

    Jun 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Strictly for those with a strong stomach and a decidedly bent outlook.

    May 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • One of those rare movies that looks like it was fun to make, and is even more fun to watch.

    Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…

    Sam Fragoso

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Slack Bay (Ma loute)

  • Feb 03, 2017
    The physical humor and the way the characters are presented as bizarre caricatures is initially amusing, but that gets tired really fast and the film becomes only silly, unfunny and repetitious - and I was rolling my eyes after the umpteenth time that someone fell down on the ground.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2016
    I don't know what my expectations for this film could've been, I would hoped for something humorous as well as authentic given the production scale and period setting. Although, as much as given this film could've gone either route, it eventually descends into obscurity and sophistication distorting the main focus of the narrative, either within the plotting of the film that takes an almost sparse turn for the Horror comedy or an over melodramatic murder mystery thrown in with a comedic blood feud sub plot. As much as I wanted to like this film, as well as I wanted to be invested in the plot and characters, it's the derailing of the film's tone and focus that eventually I really began to question after the very end of the film, 'What the F*ck did I just watch?'. In a way the film is "weird" in the most sophisticated manner, I couldn't tell if it was intentionally made this way or not, I don't recommend it for casual viewers nor for those looking for a new potential cult favourite. I don't see myself re-watching this anytime soon, probably within a few years before I might... give it a second chance.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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