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Slack Bay (Ma Loute)

Director Bruno Dumont's misanthropic comedy premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and will be an acquired taste for UK audiences, unaccustomed to the film-maker's offbeat view of the human condition. It is the summer of 1910 and Andre Van Peteghem (Fabrice Luchini) and his wife Isabelle (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) head to the northern France coastal town of Slack Bay for the holidays with their teenage daughters Gaby (Laurena Thellier) and Blanche (Manon Royere) and niece Billie (Raph). The haughty and bourgeois clan soon discovers that the picturesque holiday resort is at the centre of a faltering police investigation led by beleaguered chief Machin (Didier Despres) and his assistant Malfoy (Cyril Rigaux). They are investigating claims of cannibalism and a dysfunctional family of mussel- and oyster-gatherers are the prime suspects. Cultures clash as the Van Peteghems, including Andre's shrill sister Aude (Juliette Binoche), find themselves in danger of becoming the next victims.