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Slack Bay (Ma loute) Reviews

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October 8, 2019
Dumont glides deliriously into territories so nonsensical he freely blends wistful notes of the grotesque and profane into sacerdotal mystique for a film treatment as profoundly off-putting as it is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 29, 2018
While I could pass off the experience as merely another idiosyncratic exercise in Dumont's filmography, it's more transgressive qualities hover and rattle, inspiring greater consideration than its absurdity suggests.
October 17, 2018
It's a cinema of the absurd with a tone reminiscent of Ionesco's The Bald Prima Donna, a bizarre, grotesque black comedy that swerves into inexplicable events, with the joke so over the top that it's stretched as far as it can go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2018
By juxtaposing extreme natural beauty with grotesque human figures, Dumont achieves a strange harmony of colliding tones.
July 16, 2018
Bizarre seaside farce.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 13, 2018
As a director of landscapes, [Bruno] Dumont still has considerable skill, especially since he's almost as interested in dirt and muck as beauty. As a director of actors, his ability seems to have gone to hell.
February 12, 2018
The light tone is appreciated but the original Bruno Dumont reigns. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 21, 2017
Slack Bay is not always funny, but it's truly unique and in the long run, more emotionally powerful than might be expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2017
Dumont directs with a sense of whimsy, only becoming serious as it explores the relationship between the teenage characters.
December 13, 2017
With a touch of Tintin and a pinch of Pynchon, it winds back and forth across the Channel coast so that the beautifully crisp natural tones and light bathe the degradation and deformity that perpetually lurks in this raspberry to French history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 8, 2017
Slack Bay is a very weird concoction that won't be to everyone's taste. Yet this superbly photographed fabrication is, ultimately, strangely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2017
Bruno Dumont pushed himself as a filmmaker with his comic detective miniseries "P'tit Quinquin", and now he seems to have confirmed this new direction for the cinema with "Slack Bay", a pratfall-filled coastal tale of crime and love set in the 1910s.
October 3, 2017
... the provocative Ma Loute is in parts subversive, perverse, and politically incorrect, while it fashions a bifurcated study of good and evil, love and hate, and, ultimately, social injustice and the sheer vulgarity of vanity itself.
August 29, 2017
One of the charms, if that's the right word, of Dumont's movie is that the characters never seem to mesh. They are, in their way, a collection of lunatics, particularly the wealthy family.
July 11, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 6, 2017
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.
June 29, 2017
The surreal, discombobulating Slack Bay sees the director take an even weirder, Pythonesque turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 26, 2017
The shenanigans oscillate from dark and distorted to joyously daft but they may prove too wilfully eccentric for some viewers. Others, however, may find delight in such gay abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 23, 2017
I really enjoyed it, but don't blame me if you don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2017
A film that possesses the ability to make time feel as though it is standing still, and fails to raise a single laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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