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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
... 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.
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.