Previously at the ICA - Films
16 Jun 2017 – 28 Jun 2017
Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast in Northern France. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicentre of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack River and the sea join only at high tide. There lives a small community of fishermen and other oyster farmers. Among them is a curious family, the Bruforts, renowned ferrymen of Slack Bay lead by the patriarch nicknamed "The Eternal” who rules his prankster bunch of sons as best as he can, especially the impetuous 18 year-old Ma Loute.
Towering high above the bay stands a mansion owned by the van Peteghems. Every summer, this bourgeois family—all degenerate and decadent from inbreeding—stagnates in the villa, not without mingling during their leisure hours of walking, sailing or bathing with the ordinary local people, including Ma Loute and the other Bruforts. Over the course of five days, as a peculiar love story begins between Ma Loute and the young and mischievous Billie van Peteghem, confusion and mystification descends on both families, shaking their convictions, foundations and way of life.
After P'tit Quinquin, the latest film by Bruno Dumont once again finds inspiration in slapstick comedy, at turns bleak and funny, with the most amazing cast of French actors whose performances take the film to another level.
Slack Bay, dir. Bruno Dumont, France 2016, 122mins, French with English subtitles