Kino Lorber presents two French films which we will be releasing in April, 2017.
The first is Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. The film is a slapstick comedy in the vein of Max Linder and Jacques Tati, set against the picturesque French coast. It screened in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. You can watch our zany trailer for the film here.
The second is Stéphane Brizé’s A Woman’s Life, based on the novel Une vie by Guy de Maupassant. It is a gorgeously shot tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. It won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. You can watch a trailer for the film here.
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Slack Bay Full Synosis:
The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family—among them Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi—have settled in for another summer at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely rhythm of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors investigating a string of tourists gone missing (and serving full-on Keystone Kops). As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family’s genderqueer teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ratchet the slapstick up to eleven. It’s no wonder director Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915) cites Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy as cinematic influences for his delightful foray into winking, absurdist farce.
Quotes from Reviews:
“Sublimely deranged.” — Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
“Completely off the wall.” —Andrea Picard, Cinema Scope
“A work of madcap inspiration.” — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
“Suggests Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or by way of Godard’s Weekend. Dumont’s most polished work.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Everyone seems to have drunk their bodyweight in absinthe.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
A Woman’s Life Long Synopsis:
Adapted from the novel Une vie by Guy de Maupassant, A Woman’s Life is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away. French filmmaker Stéphane Brizé shoots this follow-up to his Cannes and César Award winner The Measure of a Man in constricted 4:3 Academy ratio, creating a tightly composed work that perfectly translates de Maupassant’s portrayal of life’s indifferences.
Quotes from Reviews:
“Haunting and profound… There could never be too many movies like this one.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times
“A moving, beautifully modulated adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel… has the kind of majesty found not in the grand gesture but the modest detail.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety
“A humble marvel.” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter