Juliette Binoche gives an outrageous performance in Bruno Dumont’s surreal slapstick comedy set in summer 1910 on a lovely stretch of France’s northern coast. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on its beautiful beaches, leading to an investigation spearheaded by inspectors Machin (Didier Desprès) and Malfoy (Cyril Rigaux). They soon discover the epicentre of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a small seaside community home to two rather different families: the ferrymen of the Brufort clan and the degenerate and decadent bourgeois van Peteghems. Combining savage archetypes with spot-on wit, Slack Bay is a fun, peculiar romp with deeper conceits lurking beneath the surface.
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