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 ...
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Marc Châtaigne (Vincent Macaigne), a trainee of the Ministry of the Standard, is entrusted with a delicate mission by the minister's cabinet director: to go to Guyana to monitor the upgrade... See full summary »
Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
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
This movie is quite unique, an unlikely mix of social comedy and gender drama. Cinematography is beautiful, even haunting sometimes. The harsh French Northern landscape is wonderful, providing for a previously unseen contrast of deep blue, beige and grey. Slapstick and dark, bizarre humour are equally present. The plot is quite simple. The bourgeoisie is copiously mocked, while the villagers are depicted as brutal yet somehow faithful. The actors are great, specially Binoche and Luchini, all extravagant and whimsical. Unfortunately the soundtrack sounds sometimes inadequate, the emotion coming from the music doesn't seem to fit in with the emotions displayed by the characters and situations. This is only low point for me (or maybe I failed to understand some subtle intention from director Bruno Dumont). Otherwise, it's a brilliant movie and I recommend to all cinema lovers.
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