Slack Bay (Ma loute)
Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 21, 2017
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slack Bay won't resonate with all viewers, but for filmgoers attuned to absurd French farce, its slapstick chaos should deliver just enough belly laughs.

David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

"Slack Bay" is devoid of any emotional satisfaction, and laughs come few and far between, perhaps because the humor is so French-centric.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Though the combination of social critique and unhinged laughs doesn't always jell, the movie is quite gloriously a thing unto itself, even as it draws upon obvious inspirations.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

has a lot in common with his mini-series in its Opal Coast location, an odd looking young man (Ma Loute), grisly killings, a bumbling police detective and unexpected flights, but this time Dumont's film has a Monty Python meets Luis Buñuel vibe.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Strictly for those with a strong stomach and a decidedly bent outlook.

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Simon Abrams

The film's charms are substantial, but what makes Slack Bay so original and enticing is also what makes it fairly alienating.

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David Prendeville
Film Ireland Magazine

While the trajectory of Dumont's career remains interesting in how stark the shift in his style has become, this baffling oddity marks something of an embarrassing low-point.

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Sam Fragoso

One of those rare movies that looks like it was fun to make, and is even more fun to watch.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

This is a spirited and often gorgeous film (Guillaume Deffontaines, the cinematographer, makes the eyes of even the most ostensibly unattractive characters supernaturally beautiful), but it's not an easy one.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

The surreal, discombobulating Slack Bay sees the director take an even weirder, Pythonesque turn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The physical humor and the way the characters are presented as bizarre caricatures is initially amusing, but that gets tired really fast and the film becomes… More
Luke Eberhardt
I don't know what my expectations for this film could've been, I would hoped for something humorous as well as authentic given the production scale… More