The First International Trailer for Bruno Dumont’s ‘Slack Bay’ Debuts

Bruno Dumont's Dark Comedy

Check out the first international trailer for Bruno Dumont‘s dark comedy Slack Bay (Ma Loute), starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

A quirky, 1910-set tale is based around a number of disappearances in northern French and opens in France on May 11th, just in time for the Cannes Film Festival. There is no word yet on a U.S. release date.

“Even without subtitles as of now, one can see a number of visually inventive scenarios and strong personalities across the ensemble” (The Film Stage). Click below to see the first trailer for Slack Bay, which reunites Dumont with his Camille Claudel star Binoche.

And here’s the poster followed up with an official synopsis for the movie.

Bruno Dumont's Dark Comedy

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter 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 evolves a curious family, the Bréfort, renowned ferrymen of the Slack Bay, lead by the father nick-named “The Eternal”, who rules as best as he can on his prankster bunch of sons, especially the impetuous Ma Loute, aged 18. Towering high above the bay stands the Van Peteghems’ mansion. 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, Ma Loute and the other Bréforts. Over the course of five days, as starts a peculiar love story between Ma Loute and the young and mischievous Billie Van Peteghem, confusion and mystification will descend on both families, shaking their convictions, foundations and way of life.