Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
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.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 4.28.17 - 5.11.17
Playhouse 7, 4.28.17 - 5.04.17
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 122 min
Language: French

Director: Bruno Dumont
Writer(s): Bruno Dumont
Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

  • Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
  • Nominee, Best Film, Cesar Awards
FEATURED REVIEW: Richard Brody, New Yorker
It’s rare for filmmakers to change styles drastically mid-career, to raise their art from the merely idiosyncratic to the unique. It’s even more striking when such filmmakers then subject their hard-won new ways to extreme challenges that risk self-conscious self-parody. ...