A rogue’s gallery of grotesques populate the titular stretch of coastline in director Bruno Dumont’s hilarious follow-up to P’tit Quinquin, which screened at the 2014 IFI French Film Festival. Bourgeois couple André and Isabella Van Peteghem (Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) are holidaying with Isabella’s flamboyant sister Aude (Juliette Binoche) when a series of suspicious disappearances bring them into conflict with local peasant fishermen.
With its outrageous humour and cartoonish visuals, Slack Bay sees Dumont continue to distance himself from the austere naturalism he is known for. (Notes by David O’Mahony)
Director’s note: In the land of Flemish painting, Dumont shapes burlesque humour through bold characters, images, costumes and sounds, distorting each to comic effect.
Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2016.