Slack Bay

Nominee
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
Nominee
Best Film
Cesar Awards
Dumont is still in a mordantly merry mood, as this alternately buoyant, bleak and thoroughly bananas seaside ramble makes delightfully clear.

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Slack Bay

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.




Genre
Comedy, French Cinema
Runtime
122
Language
French
Director
Bruno Dumont
Writer(s)
Bruno Dumont
Cast
Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Awards:
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best Film, Cesar Awards
FEATURED REVIEW
Richard Brody, New Yorker

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