Slack Bay

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack river and the sea join only at high tide.


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  • ★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    Never seen so many tumbles taken in a single film. Juliette Binoche does hysterical better than anyone.

  • ★★★★½ review by Audham EnTha on Letterboxd

    Completely over the top and bizarre. I LOVED this movie!

    Not sure to whom I could recommend it tho... I'm sure a lot of people will find the acting atrocious and will probably get tired of the slapstick humor after 5 min.

    Personnally, I thought it was hilarious, uncompromising and so unique.

    Lovely cinematography and production, wonderful cast (Raph is a revelation) and a delightful script.

    Both Fabrice Luchini and Juliette Binoche are national treasures.

    Worth checking for fans of weird comedies like Jeunet's Delicatessen or Kusturica's Black Cat White Cat.

  • ★★★★ review by metalmeatwad on Letterboxd

    🎈 My favorite cannibalistic class-war slapstick romantic farce.🎈

    Delivers a pretty damning social statement between eating the rich and gender identity.

  • ★★★½ review by Blake Williams on Letterboxd

    "Slack Bay takes off from Quinquin‘s broadly comic sensibility and proceeds to make an overt, blistering mockery of both French nobility and Dumont’s own oeuvre. Besides the wealthy, unspared are the blissful, conventionally fugly yokels that populate most of his other films, as well as the investigator character who originated in L’Humanité (1999), as well as that film’s (in)famous levitation miracle — appearing here first as homage, then as looney tune parody. So crude, so flagrant are Dumont’s presentations of his caricatures here that the amusement factor can fade, but it yields to a discomfiting, heightened space, away from reality, where his trademark realist austerity becomes glossed up and abstract; the humor persists, but its pleasures steer away from the realm of guffaws."

    And so on and so forth, in my first Cannes dispatch for Filmmaker Magazine.

  • ★★★½ review by Jason Ooi on Letterboxd

    Full review out on Audiences Everywhere!

    Lots of snickering to be had but not much outright laughter.

    Plays just like a Tati with its aural slapstick. I love the aesthetic so much, gah. Every frame is just so pretty.

    Very repetitive though, feels much longer than it actually is, even if every frame is enchanting.

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