2016 | France | Bruno Dumont | ★★★★
Bruno Dumont's one-of-a-kind Slack Bay is an absurdist satirical black comedy that alluringly mixes elegant direction and sober production values with oddball characters, off-the-wall plotting, and deliciously over-the-top performances.
"No one’s enjoying Dumont’s foray into broad comedy more than us. The (formerly known as) king of New French Extremity has proven to take to farce and slapstick like a duck to water with this darkly twisted, hysterically funny whodunnit meets class satire. Plus Binoche like you’ve never seen her before! Northern France, 1910. The bourgeois Van Peteghem family return to their towering mansion above ‘Slack Bay’ every summer. An unlikely romance blossoms between the mischievous Bille Van Peteghem and local mussel-gatherer, ‘Ma Loute’. Meanwhile, a series of mysterious disappearances are taking place." Mubi