In 'Slack Bay', Bruno Dumont creates a unique world of its own. And there aren't a lot of moviemakers able to do that nowadays. This world is totally transgressive and unpolitically correct. I can't imagine this film to be hated. It's essential cinema, it's a cinema worth fighting for. Strongly recommended.
MA LOUTE is far less readily digestible than P'TIT QUINQUIN (and has hella payoff(s) in this regard) but is definitely doing a few of the same things. This one is more forcefully crass, but likewise sees comedy as a domain in which the crass serves as ground for the transcendent. This one very rudely turns on us. Individual bits of business threaten to swirl off into the aether (well before they actually do).
This is very much a 'marmite' film. Whereas my partner expressed her strong dislike for the film, I was captivated by its beauty. The way in which the Nord-Pas-de-Calais landscape is masterfully captured is truly inspiring. I've been au fait with Dumont's work from the 1990s, and this shift in genre feels as shocking as his 'New Extremist' fare. The slapstick is very much à la française and highly entertaining.
Another macabre piece of whimsy from Bruno Dumont that offers a somewhat unique watch. While not the career changer 'Li'l Quinquin' was this cements Dumont as a director capable of so much more than the miserableness he was known for. Performers are game for whimsy here with a totally out of character turn by Binoche. ...you'll float too...
A load of rubbish. 2 hours of unfunny Fench nonsense. Unless your thing is laughing at overweight or effeminate policemen. Last year the same director had a series shown on here which got equally good ratings and was also a pile of rubbish - I suggest MUBI viewers who have rated this well watch Jacques Tati and then reconsider their ratings
Dumont's "Slack Bay" is a wonderfully madcap and inventive film, underpinned by a hint of melancholy. The slapstick is marvellously offset by the movie's visual beauty - the painterly seascapes leaving as much of an impression as the quirkiness of plot - and the first rate cast are clearly having a ball. A delightful follow up to "Li'l Quinquin".
Great accents. Visually nice - costumes, colour, compositions, the ugly faces and mugging, and all the movement as the characters wiggle around. The voices, exaggerated mannerisms and repeated jokes were ok. The prat-falls, freakishness, ugly faces and so on (magic realism, the dark secrets) are woeful: this is humour?! Other irrelevant quirks (e.g. gender issues, use of foley) are, eh. I dunno. Pretentious?
This is a film that will either work for you or not. I fall firmly in the latter camp. Although it's technically competent, and the cast do quite well, I just didn't enjoy any of the humour (which is a big problem when watching a film that seems to want to play out as a comedy, however bizarre that comedy may be).
Excellent! What a lot of fun! Mad posh family and warped poor family, their meeting on the beach is a cinematic moment to remember. Creaking police, fresh meat (!), strangeness abounds. And Juliette Binoche! Blimey! What a nutter! Reminded me of P'tit Quinquin, made by the same guy. Northern France as you've never experienced it before. A gem.