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 preston on Letterboxd

    Two families, each incestuous in its own way (dining on one's species is at least in the same vein as shagging one's family), separated by class divisions. Everyone is human ("even me," says the morbidly obese cop) yet the divisions are intractable, the film heavy with the sense of claustrophobic entropy that's in all Dumont's work - if only because his films exist so obviously in a small bubble-world of his own making - made even heavier by the single location with its placid, unshakeable surfaces, the crystalline seas and rolling sand dunes where people just disappear. Everything is broken, the patriarch can't even carve the roast anymore, every ceremonial occasion (the police bugler, like the Mass in Li'l Quinquin) tends to collapse into farce; one can't escape in conventional ways, one can only float up and away - or else the filmmaker has to intervene, crafting possible escapes within the frame like the three-layered shot with the kids in the foreground, Binoche in the middle and the crazy uncle standing on the mountain way in the back, yelling his cryptic refrain ("We know what to do, we just don't do!"). More strange than funny, 'French comedy' being - like Truffaut's 'British cinema' - a bit of a contradiction in terms, yet the tension between the forces of Earth and Air is very strong, the mannered acting somehow managing to be both (it drags you down because it's so opaque, yet also lifts you up because it's so free). Better than Quinquin, imo.

  • ★★★½ review by Patrick Devitt on Letterboxd

    Who wants more foot?

  • ★★★★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.

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