Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017
Chicago premiere!

Slack Bay

Ma Loute

2016, Bruno Dumont, France, 122 min. With Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 11th 4:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 16th 6:00pm

"Very strange and very funny." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Combining savage archetypes with spot-on wit, SLACK BAY is a fun, peculiar romp with deeper conceits lurking beneath the surface.' — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Bruno Dumont followers know to expect the unexpected, but, even for them, SLACK BAY must qualify as an astonishment of the first order. Following the famously morbid auteur's first forays into comedy in LI'L QUINQUIN (2015 CEUFF), Dumont plunges whole-hog into full-scale farce, boosted by doses of New French Extremity (cannibalism alert), surrealism (levitation alert), and staggeringly beautiful shorescapes of France's Channel coast. There, the class divide is embodied — indeed, overdetermined — by two families: the twittish Van Peteghems, summer vacationers ensconced in their lofty eyesore of a mansion, and the cloddish Bruforts, shore-dwelling fisher-folk whose back-borne ferry service is just one of the unconventional ways they profit off the upper-crusters. Complications arise when romance blossoms between Ma Loute, the oldest son of the Brufort clan, and the Van Peteghem's young beauty, Billie, a girl who sometimes dresses as a boy...or is it vice-versa? Recipient of nine César Award nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Luchini), and Supporting Actress (Tedeschi). In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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