Slack Bay

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Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi lead this bizarre Palme d'Or-nominated comedy from writer-director Bruno Dupont.

"Summer 1910, Slack Bay in the North of France. Mysterious disappearances have thrown the region into turmoil. The improbable Inspector Machin (Didier Després) and his shrewd assistant Malfoy (Cyril Rigaux) carry out an investigation. Through no fault of their own, they find themselves at the centre of a strange and all-consuming love story between Ma Loute (Brandon Lavieville), the eldest son of a local family of fishermen with rather particular habits, and Billie Van Peteghem (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), the youngest daughter of a wealthy, decadent bourgeois family from Lille. The romance brings the two families together in an explosive collision and things are not as they appear…" (Alliance Française French Film Festival)


Directed by

  • Bruno Dumont('The Life of Jesus', 'Humanité', 'Camille Claude 1915')

Written by

Comedy, World Cinema


Rating: R13 Violence & content that may disturb

French and English with English subtitles

Germany, France

Hollywood Reporter


More weirdly fascinating than genuinely good, this beautifully made, bracingly eccentric and often arch film will generate a measure of strong support but will bewilder more than entrance most traditional art-house regulars.

The Guardian (UK)


Bruno Dumont, the former high priest of French seriousness, has successfully shifted to slapstick and pratfalls in this crime comedy set during the Belle Époque.

The Telegraph (UK)


...Dumont is trying too hard to get these big laughs, and he’s trying for too many. Comedy’s his new toy – he needs to be careful not to break it.

TimeOut (UK)


French filmmaker Bruno Dumont mixes grotesque class comedy with far-out human behaviour in this bizarre coastal farce.

Variety (USA)


It’s a nice alternative to the griminess of Dumont’s previous regional portraits, even if he has yet to perfect this loony new tone.

Total Film (UK)


French acting royalty including Juliette Binoche gamely play up, but the theatrics are an acquired taste.

Empire (UK)


With its bestial themes, conceptual humour and cartoonish thespians, this consciously arch farce will intrigue some and infuriate others.