Slack Bay

Bruno Dumont's slapstick detective comedy.

Ma loute
France 2016
  • Czech
122 min.
  • This film is available until 15. 5. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished from the local beach. Notorious inspector Machin and his associate Malfoy soon discover that the mysterious trail leads to the Bruforts, a local family of fishermen ruled with an iron fist by the father, nicknamed “The Eternal.” The degenerate bourgeois Van Peteghem family arrive at their holiday villa to take in the sun, the sea, and the local rural colour. Quite out of the blue, Brufort’s son Ma Loute and Billie Van Peteghem fall in love, a state of affairs that introduces an element of confusion and mystification into the lives of all concerned and starts to reveal something of their true characters. Bruno Dumont once again brings us a multilayered account of the darker aspects of human nature, here veiled within a slapstick piece and crazy situation comedy. The film offers a unique opportunity for well-known actors such as Juliette Binoche and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi to demonstrate and explore their comedic talent. A visually entrancing work which provoked controversy at Cannes IFF.

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Director: Bruno Dumont
Screenplay: Bruno Dumont
Cinematography: Guillaume Deffontaines
Sound: Philippe Lecoeur, Romain Ozanne, Emmanuel Croset
Editing: Basile Belkhiri, Bruno Dumont
Production Design: Riton Dupire-Clément
Producer: Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb, Muriel Merlin
Co-production: Thanassis Karathanos, Genevieve Lemal
Costumes: Alexandra Charles
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jean-Luc Vincent, Brandon Lavieville, Raph, Didier Després, Cyril Rigaux, Laura Dupré, Thierry Lavieville

Cannes Film Festival

2016 – Bruno Dumont (Cannes Soundtrack Award)

Seville European Film Festival

2016 – Bruno Dumont (Best Film)

Seville European Film Festival

2016 – Raph (Best Actress)

  • This film is available until 15. 5. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.