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Slack Bay (Ma loute) Reviews

March 13, 2020
Watching Slack Bay is like listening to a stranger's overlong joke.
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
June 18, 2017
Slack Bae.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 15, 2017
It features Juliette Binoche and Fabrice Luchini giving deliberately hysterical and bonkers performances as posh people in a small coastal town in early 20th-century France who are being tormented by local fishermen-turned-cannibals. Wacky, eh?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 15, 2017
It's spellbinding, not least, to watch Dumont give pastoral comedy the full welly after basing his early, austere career on giving pastoral tragedy hardly any histrionic "booting" at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2017
"Slack Bay" is devoid of any emotional satisfaction, and laughs come few and far between, perhaps because the humor is so French-centric.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2017
Strictly for those with a strong stomach and a decidedly bent outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 27, 2017
One of those rare movies that looks like it was fun to make, and is even more fun to watch.
April 27, 2017
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.
April 21, 2017
The film's charms are substantial, but what makes Slack Bay so original and enticing is also what makes it fairly alienating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2017
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.
Top Critic
April 20, 2017
Slack Bay is a comedy primarily in theory. More intriguing than involving, the movie uses the conventions of slapstick to undermine the rich as well as the poor.
April 20, 2017
A high-pitched, ululating fart of a movie, coming from an art filmmaker once known for his miserablism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 19, 2017
Slack Bay is nothing if not anti-authoritarian, and while its anarchic energy is appealing in small doses, it becomes tiresome when it turns toward cruelty.
March 13, 2017
"Slack Bay" teems with the eventfulness of a serial compressed into a two-hour movie, and its sense of distillation emerges in the wide range of performance styles that Dumont elicits-and the physical precision that marks each of them.
March 9, 2017
Cannibalism may not be everyone's idea of funny, but French director Bruno Dumont (L'Humanité, Hadewijch) elevates it to ghoulish camp in this slapstick skewering of the French bourgeoisie.
May 20, 2016
Dumont's direction for the movie stars appears to have been, "start with an absurd caricature of inbred foppishness, then quintuple it, then quintuple that, okay you're halfway there, now bigger please."
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 15, 2016
Dumont is trying too hard to get these big laughs, and he's trying for too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2016
Dumont is still in a mordantly merry mood, as this alternately buoyant, bleak and thoroughly bananas seaside ramble makes delightfully clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2016
Weird and arresting.
May 13, 2016
Ma Loute is a fascinatingly made film, theatrically extravagant and precise, although perhaps a little over-extended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2016
It's a nice alternative to the griminess of Dumont's previous regional portraits, even if he has yet to perfect this loony new tone.