Cast: Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Starring Juliette Binoche, Bruno Dumont’s quirky, black comedy centres on a series of mysterious disappearances on the beaches of northern France in 1910.
The degenerate bourgeois Van Peteghem family return to their towering mansion above ‘Slack Bay’ every summer. Despite taking care to keep the peculiar locals at arms length, an unlikely romance blossoms between the mischievous Bille Van Peteghem and local mussel-gatherer, ‘Ma Loute’. As the police investigate, confusion and hysteria descend on both families and a crime-caper of comic proportions unfolds.
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 Bruforts.
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.