SLACK BAY (Ma Loute)
First show: June 17
Lightening up 180 degrees since his last appearance here at the Roxie, Bruno Dumont (HADEWIJCH, HUMANITÉ, THE LIFE OF JESUS) returns to 16th Street determined to wipe that scowl off your face.
The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family—among them Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi—have settled in for another summer at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely rhythm of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors (à la Keystone Kops) investigating a string of tourists gone missing . As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family’s genderqueer teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ratchet the slapstick up to eleven. It’s no wonder director Bruno Dumont cites Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy as cinematic influences for his delightful foray into winking, absurdist farce. France. Germany. French with English subtitiles. Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1. 2017. 122 mins.
“Everyone seems to have drunk their bodyweight in absinthe.”
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Sublimely deranged.” — Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
“The boldest and freest of recent genre mashups. Raises conflicts of class, character, and gender into off-kilter legend.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“A work of madcap inspiration.” — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment