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Ma Loute (2016)

Unrated | | Comedy | 13 May 2016 (France)
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 ... See full summary »

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Bruno Dumont

Writers:

Bruno Dumont (dialogue), Bruno Dumont (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... André Van Peteghem
Juliette Binoche ... Aude Van Peteghem
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Isabelle Van Peteghem
Jean-Luc Vincent Jean-Luc Vincent ... Christian Van Peteghem
Brandon Lavieville Brandon Lavieville ... Ma Loute Brufort
Raph ... Billie Van Peteghem
Didier Després ... Alfred Machin
Cyril Rigaux Cyril Rigaux ... Malfoy
Laura Dupré Laura Dupré ... Nadège
Thierry Lavieville Thierry Lavieville ... L'Eternel Brufort
Caroline Carbonnier Caroline Carbonnier ... La mère Brufort
Manon Royère ... Blanche Van Peteghem
Lauréna Thellier ... Gaby Van Peteghem
Maya Sarac Maya Sarac ... La dame à l'ombrelle jaune
Noah Noulard Noah Noulard ... Cloclo Brufort
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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... Written by Memento Films

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Comedy

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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La bahía See more »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$920,719 (France), 15 May 2016, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,696, 21 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$112,621, 5 October 2017
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2.35 : 1
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The French film magazine 'Cahiers du cinéma' named Ma Loute (2016) the 5th best film of 2016. See more »

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Beautiful, surreal , macabre and unexplained
15 July 2016 | by Ayal OrenSee all my reviews

It's a surreal macabre comedy, populated mostly by nasty cartoons, many of them are simply grotesque. While Bruno Dumont, the writer director of this film does tell us a very clear story, namely we all will understand what did actually take place on this bay, he never bothers explaining the reasons for the bizarre behavior of his cartoon characters. So we get an unsolveable mystery filled with mean caricatures of the uppermost bourgeoisie and of the police. He does get some of the best actors and actresses in France hamming their way through this weird story. And I would've rated it higher if I thought there was a reason behind this folly. One thing is sure, even if Dumont has some bizarre reasoning for this story - he doesn't want to reveal it to his audience.

One more issue I have to refer to: the name of this film. In English its Slack Bay, which alludes to the bay and to the nature of its residences. In Hebrew it became Disappearance Bay alluding to the mystery taking place there. The French name, that probably is the original is Ma Loute, the name of one of the main characters of this movie. Each name signifies different intentions, and I can't see why the original French name wasn't kept. You don't really have to translate a name.


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