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... Read more

Slack Bay

Directed by Bruno Dumont

Year: 2017
Running Time: 122
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Country: France, Germany
Language: French with English subtitiles
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Slack Bay

Cast
Juliette Binoche
Fabrice Luchini
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

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Directed by Bruno Dumont


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.

Reviews

“Spirited and often gorgeous.”


“Movies like Slack Bay justify the existence of the movies as a medium."

“Binoche’s unbridled turn is tremendous fun to watch.”

"The boldest and freest of recent genre mashups. Raises conflicts of class, character, and gender into off-kilter legend."

"A work of madcap inspiration."

"Completely off the wall."

"Sublimely deranged."

"Suggests Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or by way of Godard’s Weekend... Dumont's most polished work."

"Everyone seems to have drunk their bodyweight in absinthe."



Awards

  • Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2016

  • Nine Nominations including Best Film, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress – César Awards

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston 15017328008/3-4, 8/10-11, 8/24
Austin Film Society Austin 1501041600July 26 - July 28, 2017
MSP Film Society's St. Anthony Main Theatre Minneapolis 1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1500609600July 21 - August 2, 2017
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City 1500177600July 16, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1499572800July 9 - July 16, 2017
Ryder Film Series Bloomington 1498795200June 30 - July 14, 2017


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