Slack Bay (Ma loute) directed by Bruno Dumont (France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, 122 min.).
From the mind of Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin) comes a pitch-black comedy set in an idyllic seaside village, starring Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and newcomer Raph. In the summer of 1910, the bourgeois and eccentric Van Peteghem family have settled in for the season at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely routine of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors examining a string of missing tourists. As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between one of the Van Peteghem children and the son of a local fisherman, life on Slack Bay becomes both magical and grotesque. The film contains scenes of graphic violence that some viewers find disturbing.
Slack Bay was nominated for eight César Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. It was also nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and took home a Cannes Soundtrack Award.
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