Previously known for the spiritualistic undertones of his films, Bruno Dumont wrong-footed expectations in 2013 with L'il Quinquin, a delightfully entertaining comedy mini-series. The critical success of his cop thriller set among the northerners in France encouraged the director to plough this furrow still further, this time with a burlesque film bubbling over with genres taken to extremes.
With this return to the Opal Coast, Dumont brings us a love story between Ma Loute Brufort, the son of fisherfolk reputed to be cannibals and Billie Van Peteghem, an androgynous woman from a decadent middle-class family.
The director deliberately loosened his actors' tongues, setting the film alight with a series of dialogues each more absurd than the last, sending up the middle classes. The comic power of Slack Bay also draws on the physicality of its actors, aided (or not) by the setting of the film, in which the weather and landscapes only caricature the effect of their actions.